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UN Council Receives IAEA Report on Iran's Nuclear Issue
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The UN Security Council on Friday received IAEA's report on Iran, which says Tehran failed to comply with UN deadline to end uranium enrichment activities. US Ambassador John Bolton told reporters that it's clear Iran has done nothing to comply with existing IAEA Board Resolutions or the request contained in the Security Council Presidential Statement.

"I think we can say now the United States is ready to take action in the Security Council to move to a resolution," he observed.

Bolton confirmed there will be meetings at other levels among the permanent members of the council and other interested parties, and hoped consultations in the council and in capitals will begin early next week.

However, he stressed that it should be a Chapter 7 resolution making mandatory for Iran the existing requirements of the IAEA resolutions, and particularly the resolution the Board passed in February.
British Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry echoed his US counterpart, saying that Britain and Germany are working on a draft resolution to the Security Council on Iran's nuclear issue based on IAEA's report.

He said the draft resolution is expected to introduce to the Security Council mid next week after consulting with the United States.

Chinese Ambassador Wang Guangya on Friday called on the international community to solve the Iran's nuclear crisis through diplomatic way.

"Under the current situation, to talk about sanctions and military measures on Iran's nuclear issue are counter productive," Wang told Xinhua after the Security Council got the latest report from IAEA.

Meanwhile, he told reporters said "there are a lot of problems in the region and we should not do anything that would cause the situation to become even more complicated."

Wang, who is the rotative president of the Security Council, also objected to set deadline for the issue, saying "putting deadline is always putting pressure."

It is expected that council members will discuss the issue as early as next Wednesday. Foreign ministers from Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States will meet in New York on May 9 over Iran nuclear issue.

The Security Council unanimously adopted a presidential statement on March 29, calling on Iran to resume suspension of all uranium enrichment-related activities within 30 days.

(Xinhua News Agency April 29, 2006)

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