IAEA chief, Russia, China express concerns about threats against Iran
Sunday, April 2, 2006
Following the recent UN Security Council non-binding presidential statement supporting the Iran to temporarily suspend its right under the NPT to enrich and reprocess , the chief of the , Mohamed ElBaradei, and diplomats from Russia and China have expressed their concerns about the threats of economic sanctions or military actions against Iran.and calling for
said that Iran is not "an imminent threat" and urged states to "lower the pitch" in their discussions related to Iran's alleged intentions to develop nuclear weapons.
He opposed both economic sanctions and military actions, saying about the latter, "There is no military solution to this situation. ... It's inconceivable. The only durable solution is a negotiated solution."
The Russian Foreign Minister,, said that "Russia doesn't believe that sanctions could achieve the purposes of settlement of various issues."
He also supported the validity of the IAEA's investigations, saying "Before we call any situation a threat, we need facts, especially in a region like the Middle East, where so many things are happening. ... We prefer very strongly to base our specific actions on specific facts, and in this particular case the facts could be provided by the [International Atomic Energy Agency]. So far, they have not been provided."
China's deputy Foreign Minister, Dai Bingguo, said, "The Chinese side feels that there has already been enough turmoil in the Middle East. We do not want to see new turmoil being introduced to the region, because that would not serve the interests of any party and would only be very detrimental to the interests of the people in Middle East."
A recently leaked letter by British diplomat John Sawers, dated March 16, 2006, revealed intentions by the UK to get the UN Security Council to refer to Chapter VII of the , which allows for the use of economic sanctions and/or military force as a method of , in relation to Iran. The recent UN Security Council non-binding presidential statement referred to as a method of conflict resolution, but not to economic sanctions nor military force.
- "UN Security Council calls on Iran to suspend uranium enrichment" — Wikinews, March 29, 2006
- "Newspaper alleges U.S. drawing up plans to attack Iran" — Wikinews, February 12, 2006
- "Iran, North Korea, USA blamed in failure of month-long Non-Proliferation Treaty conference" — Wikinews, June 2, 2005
- "U.S. drones reported in Iranian airspace" — Wikinews, February 14, 2005
- "U.S. reported to mount covert operations in Iran" — Wikinews, January 17, 2005
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- Jeffrey Fleishman, Alissa Rubin. "ElBaradei Asks For Restraint In Response To Iran: U.N. nuclear chief says military action unthinkable" — , March 31, 2006
- Nicholas Kralev. "Russian official contradicts West on Tehran" — , March 31, 2006
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