(AP) BERLIN – Europe’s major powers have agreed to set a November deadline on Iran to meet demands meant to banish concerns that it is secretly trying to make nuclear weapons, in a confidential document made available Saturday to The Associated Press.
The draft resolution was prepared by France, Germany and Britain for Monday’s start of a key meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog.
The draft contains a so-called “trigger mechanism,” warning of possible “further steps” — which diplomats defined as shorthand for referal of Iran’s case to the U.N. Security Council.
The draft is likely to undergo changes before the three nations submit it at the board meeting of the IAEA. And it still has to be approved by two thirds of the 35 board members.
But it is significant because it puts the three European countries the closest they have formally been to the United States on what to do about Iran and activities that Washington insists show Tehran is trying build the nuclear bomb.
Up to now, the three European countries have resisted U.S. attempts to have Iran hauled before the Security Council or even hint on a date for such possible action. Iran says its nuclear program is solely for energy production.