Thursday, June 17, 2004

US backs away from UN debate on Iran's nuclear program

ISN - Information Services - Security Watch: "US backs away from UN debate on Iran's nuclear program 17.06.2004

Though the US contends that Iran strives to develop nuclear weapons, Washington seems to be losing ground in its demands for a strongly worded UN resolution against Iran. But analysts say that President George Bush would be risking elections if he fomented an international crisis over Iran at a time when Iraq is spiralling out of control and public opinion is growing increasingly critical.

Ardeshir Moaveni for EurasiaNetThe issue of Iran?s nuclear program does not appear headed for UN Security Council debate any time soon. Bush administration officials are not willing to press the issue with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN?s nuclear monitoring organization, before the US presidential election in November, sources tell EurasiaNet. The IAEA governing board is in the midst of a meeting, with Iran?s efforts to develop its nuclear capacity topping the agenda. Tehran insists that its nuclear program is designed for civilian applications. The US, meanwhile, contends that Iran strives to develop nuclear weapons, and has urged that the international community adopt a tougher line to frustrate Tehran?s program. In the middle is the EU ? led by Britain, France, and Germany ? which has advocated engagement with Iran. "

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