U.N. Demands Iran Suspend Nuclear Activities
Monday, July 31, 2006; 10:28 AM
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council Monday adopted a resolution demanding that Iran suspend its nuclear activities by the end of August or face possible sanctions.
The resolution, approved by a vote of 14-1, with Qatar opposing, is the first on Iran to set out legally binding demands and a threat to consider sanctions. The United States and its allies suspect Iran is developing nuclear bombs and accuse it of concealing research over 18 years.
The document demands Iran "suspend all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development." If Tehran did not comply by Aug. 31, the council would consider adopting "appropriate measures" under Article 41 of Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which pertains to economic sanctions.