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Europe envoys consider mandatory UN resolution on Iran nuclear program

[JURIST] [JURIST Europe] European and US envoys meeting in Paris Tuesday discussed a new UN Security Council resolution that would invoke Chapter 7 [text] of the UN Charter [text] in another effort to get Iran to stop uranium enrichment. The Council directed Iran to stop enrichment in a resolution in late March, but the measure was technically non-binding. A Chapter 7 resolution would theoretically force Iran to co-operate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website], which last week issued a report [JURIST report] stating that Iran had continued to produce nuclear materials despite UN warnings.

The resolution under discussion reportedly stops short of imposing sanctions and instead is aimed at encouraging Iran to agree to negotiations and to stop its production of nuclear materials. Russia and China, both permanent members of the Security Council having veto power, have re-affirmed their refusal to support a sanctions resolution, although the United States has already advocated sanctions against Iran and the countries that trade with her in technology and weapons. Russia is one of such countries. The Security Council is slated to discuss Iran [press release] on Wednesday. AP news has more.

Angela Onikepe is an Associate Editor for JURIST Europe, reporting European legal news from a European perspective. She is based in the UK.

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