US Official: Noose Tightens on Iran Nuclear Program
September 12, 2003
WASHINGTON -- The "noose" is tightening on Iran to prove it has no secret nuclear weapons program or lose its legal right to obtain nuclear-related technology from Russia and other countries, a U.S. official said on Friday.
The official spoke with Reuters after the governing board of the United Nations nuclear watchdog passed a resolution setting Iran an Oct. 31 deadline to make its case.
After that deadline, the U.N. agency board is expected in November to draw "definitive conclusions" about Iran's program and whether the Islamic state should be declared in noncompliance of international nonproliferation obligations, he said.
"This time we hope there's not going to be a way to escape because this resolution is really tightening the noose on them" to cooperate, he said.
If Iran does not cooperate and Iran is officially declared in noncompliance, "Iran will forfeit it's right to share nuclear technology for peaceful purposes" and Russia will not be able to provide critical nuclear fuel for Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant, the official added. http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3435231
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