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Iranian Lawmakers Threaten To Keep Out UN Inspectors

September 5, 2006, RFE/RL -- The Iranian parliament's Commission for National Security and Foreign Policy today approved the outlines of a bill to suspend entry to Iran of UN inspectors.

The bill's rapporteur for the commission, Kazem Jalali, said it will be enforced in case the UN Security Council imposes limitations on Iran over its nuclear program.

The Security Council set a deadline of August 31 for Iran to halt uranium enrichment and other sensitive activities or face the possibility of sanctions.

Iran ignored that deadline but said it is ready for "serious talks."

Jalali accused international bodies of ignoring what he described as Iran's nuclear rights.

Iranian officials have insisted the country's nuclear program is peaceful.

But the United States and others have accused Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has accused Iran of obfuscation and deception regarding its nuclear activities, and reported that Tehran has not provided sufficient evidence that its nuclear program is entirely civilian.


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