UN P5, Germany move toward new sanctions on Iran (3)

08:41, May 19, 2010      

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To enforce compliance, the resolution would impose a mechanism for cargo inspections on banned materials. This is similar to the relatively successful Security Council resolution imposed last year on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), which chose to turn back one of its ships rather than to be seized and inspected.

The draft resolution also establishes a UN panel of experts to help monitor and enforce sanctions implementation and will include an annex of specific individuals, including from Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, and entities that will be subject to asset freezes and travel bans.

The annex remains a work in progress, said Rice, and negotiations will continue at the expert and diplomatic level.

"I can't say how long that process will be," said Grant, who admitted it would give time for Iran to move forward with its nuclear agreement with Turkey and Brazil.

On Monday, Iran agreed to turn over half its enriched uranium stockpile to Turkey in exchange for 20 percent-enriched nuclear fuel to run a reactor for medical purposes. However, Iran has said it will continue to enrich uranium to 20 percent moving Tehran much closer to possessing weapons-grade material.

"Any confidence building value of the Tehran research reactor deal is diminished, not only by the time that has elapsed but substantially by Iran's insistence that it will continue to enrich at 20 percent with or without a Tehran research reactor," Rice said.
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