Iran threatens to block nuclear inspection

Jan. 13, 2006 at 6:35 AM
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TEHRAN, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Iran says it would block nuclear site inspections if the dispute over its nuclear activity goes to the U.N. Security Council, it was reported Friday.

If such a referral were made, Iran would be obliged to stop working with the U.N. watchdog group the International Atomic Energy Agency, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told CNN.

This would mean, among other things, the end of random inspections.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice backed Germany, France and Britain on Thursday in saying Iran should be sent to the council over its refusal to halt its nuclear activity.

Rice called on the United Nations to confront Iran over what she called its defiance over its nuclear program and criticized the nation for its "deliberate escalation of this issue."

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan says Iran is still interested in serious negotiations.

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