Iran Warns Against UN Sanctions

US, Europe allies call for penalties after inspectors' report
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2007 5:44 PM CST
Iran's ambassador to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, checks his papers prior to the start of the International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-nation board meeting at Vienna's International Center on Thursday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Iran warned today that UN sanctions might bring a halt to its cooperation with nuclear inspectors, Reuters reports. The warning comes a day after Britain, France, and Germany joined the US in calling for such sanctions because a report by international inspectors gave Tehran mixed marks on its openness. "A wait-and-see approach is not an option," said the European allies.

Iran warned against adding "fuel to the fire" with UN penalties. The back-and-forth follows a report from inspectors that says Iran is making progress in resolving questions but that much more needs to be done. The EU-3 blasted as "unacceptable" Iranian curbs on inspectors and Tehran's expansion of uranium enrichment despite calls for a halt.