Iran parliament approves draft law to keep out nuclear inspectors

Iran parliament approves draft law to keep out nuclear inspectors

[JURIST] The Iranian parliament [official website, in Persian] on Tuesday approved a draft of a bill to bar inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website] from entering the country if the UN Security Council [official website] imposes sanctions on Iran for continuing to enrich uranium past the August 31 deadline imposed by Resolution 1696 [PDF text, JURIST report]. Details of the bill are being finalized by the parliament's Commission on National Security and Foreign Policy, said commission spokesman Kazem Jalali.

On August 31, the IAEA confirmed [press release] that Iran had not taken steps to comply with the Security Council resolution, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official profile, BBC profile] marked the deadline by expressing his country's defiance [JURIST report]. Negotiations are scheduled [AP report] between European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana [official profile] and top Iran negotiator Ali Larijani [BBC profile] in Vienna on Wednesday, and the five UN Security Council members and Germany will meet on Thursday to discuss the results. AP has more.