EU drafting new sanctions on Iran over nuclear program

EU drafting new sanctions on Iran over nuclear program

New York City : NY : USA | Sep 07, 2012 at 2:56 PM PDT
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The world powers are doing their best to stop Iran from developing atomic bomb. However, stubborn Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad still insists on continuing the controversial program despite repeated demands from the international community to halt uranium enrichment. In its latest move, the European Union is drafting a new round of sanctions against Iran, as it believes the country is not going to pay any heed to the demands of the international community. Dialogue and negotiations with Iran to resolve the issue have also failed to bring any positive result.

French and German foreign ministers announced on Friday that the new draft of sanctions against Iran would be presented in the United Nations General Assembly in the next 10 days. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that a nuclear Iran is unacceptable and efforts must remain underway to resolve the issue through dialogue and diplomatic means. The fresh move comes at a time when Canada has just closed the Iranian embassy in Canada and expelled all Iranian diplomats. Canada dubbed Iran one of the biggest potential threats to peace and security of not only the region but also the world.

It may be pertinent to mention here that the six world powers—the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany—have been coaxing Iranian officials to suspend uranium enrichment, but they have failed to convince the country despite having three comprehensive rounds of dialogue on the issue. The dialogues between representatives of these countries were held in Istanbul, Baghdad and Moscow, but they all remained inconclusive. Through the course of all these dialogues, Iran remained stuck to its official position that the country’s nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

Iranian officials say that the country desires to obtain nuclear energy from the program besides conducting medical research for different lethal diseases like cancer. However, facts on the ground suggest something totally different from the position of Iran. It is reported that Israel and other four Western countries started comprehensive spying of Iran’s nuclear program after the country in February refused permission to nuclear inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to visit the Parchin nuclear site.

The European Union, Israel and the United States suspect that Iran has been covertly pursuing nuclear weapons under the garb of a peaceful nuclear program. However, Iran denies the charges. Iranian officials say that their nuclear program is for medical research and obtaining nuclear energy. The country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, has also declared acquisition of atomic bomb un-Islamic, assuring the world powers that Iran would never pursue for nuclear weapons because it is against teachings of Islam.

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StephenManual is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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