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UPDATED: 09:06, August 30, 2006
Iranian nuclear issue expected to return to UN in mid-September
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The UN Security Council is expected to take up the Iranian nuclear issue in mid-September if Iran does not comply with a UN demand to suspend uranium enrichment activities by Thursday, Britain's UN ambassador Jones Parry said on Tuesday.

"I would expect the dossier to come back into the council shortly, but only after a further period of discussion among capitals," Parry told reporters at UN headquarters. "I would expect activities here to resume toward the middle of September."

The 15 council members would first need to assess a report from the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA), as requested by UN Resolution 1696, on Iranian compliance with the demand that it suspends uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities, he said.

Then the member states would have "a clearer view of exactly how this should be carried forward," he added.

The 15-member world body has given Iran until the end of the month to halt enrichment or face possible sanctions. So far, Iran has shown no intention of doing so.

If what Parry said was true, the discussion over the Iran nuclear issue would coincide with the annual General Assembly session which usually opens in mid-September when leaders from around the world come together to address major issues facing the world.

Source: Xinhua

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