VIENNA (Reuters) – Tehran warned on Thursday of “unpredictable consequences” if the U.N. watchdog finds it in breach of a global pact against atomic weapons, as Washington accused the United Nations of playing down “evidence” Iran wants a bomb.
On November 20, the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Board of Governors meets to discuss an IAEA report on Iran’s nuclear program, detailing decades of failures by Iran to report truthfully about its activities and facilities.
The United States wants the board to declare Iran in violation of its obligations under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which would require it to report Iran to the U.N. Security Council for possible economic sanctions.
“I hope we do not reach such a stage because then things could very easily get out of control,” Iran’s ambassador to the IAEA, Ali Akbar Salehi, told Reuters in an interview.
“And then it could lead to unpredictable consequences. We don’t even want to think about such a situation,” he added, without elaborating.
The IAEA’s report concluded there was “no evidence” to date that Iran’s nuclear program was for anything but peaceful purposes, but said the jury was still out.
National security adviser Condoleezza Rice (news – web sites), speaking to reporters, said the report made clear the Iranians had not been truthful in the past about their nuclear activities. It would be wrong to suggest it allayed fears about the nuclear program.
“And I think the issue now is are they going to be truthful in the future? Are they going to come clean about what had been going on Iran, what is going on in Iran?”