IAEA chief submits Iran nuclear report to UN Security Council

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] will take up the issue of Iran's nuclear program after Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency [official website], transmitted his official report [PDF text] on Iran's nuclear program to the Security Council Wednesday. ElBaradei told the IAEA Board of Governors meeting since Monday in Vienna that:

Although the Agency has not seen any diversion of nuclear material to nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, the Agency is not at this point in time in a position to conclude that there are no undeclared nuclear materials or activities in Iran.
ElBaradei forwarded his report to the Security Council at the close of the board's meeting in accordance with a resolution [PDF text; JURIST report] passed last month referring the situation to the Security Council for possible sanctions.

Iran has condemned the referral as "unlawful" [JURIST report] and on Wednesday, Iran's chief IAEA delegate said that the US could face "harm and pain" over the action. ElBaradei called for a "cool headed approach" from all parties [press release] and urged Iran to continue working with the agency. Earlier this week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official website; BBC profile] said that the IAEA should compensate Iran [AP report] for "causing damage to the development of its science, technology and economy" while Iran's nuclear research activities were suspended. European diplomats said that the Security Council could begin debating Iran later this month. Bloomberg has more.

 

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