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The Iran Nuclear Dispute

January 28, 2006
Image: AP Graphics

Despite talks between Iran and the European troika of Britain, France and Germany, on Jan. 10 Tehran announced it would resume sensitive nuclear research linked to uranium enrichment. Iran insists on its right to make fuel for nuclear reactors, which it says will only be used for peaceful means, but the West fears it could use the fuel to manufacture atomic bombs.

The EU-3 have responded by calling for an emergency meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The United States is hopeful that the UN watchdog will refer Iran to the UN Security Council for breaching nuclear non-proliferation agreements and IAEA resolutions. However, Russia and China -- along with Britain, France, and the US permanent members of the Security Council -- have been more reluctant. Iran, for its part, has warned that referral to the Security Council would lead to serious consequences, such as it cutting off all cooperation with the IAEA.

In this selection of articles, DW-WORLD documents the escalation of the dispute over Iran's nuclear program.
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