UNITED NATIONS: The United States of America said that Iran is determined to build a nuclear bomb as a UN committee asked more countries to report on how they are carrying out sanctions on Iran.Western powers expressed new worries over Iran’s failure to co-operate with international inspectors.
The British & US ambassadors to the United Nations both accused Iran of committing “serial violations” of UN resolutions which have imposed four rounds of sanctions.
Susan Rice, the US ambassador, told a Security Council debate on the UN sanctions committee that “Iran is refusing to address our proliferation concerns and appears determined to acquire a nuclear weapon.” The Security Council and the sanctions committee “will need to consider an appropriate response to Iran’s serial violations of Security Council resolutions.”
Only 36 countries have so sent in reports on how they are implementing the sanctions, a sanctions committee report said. The United States, France and Britain said more countries have to report on their actions.
Rice said there is an “urgent need to redouble our efforts to implement the UN sanctions.” “Already we have seen unprecedented efforts to respond to Iran’s defiance of pressure in line withe the dual track approach. Member states should move quickly to carry out their obligations to implement the new sanctions,” she said.
Iran denies that it seeks a nuclear bomb but the latest International Atomic Energy Agency report on the Iran standoff said that Iran has increasing amounts of low enriched and 20 percent enriched uranium.