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03.05.2006 Middle East

Proposed UN draft demands Iran halt nuclear program

By Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States, Britain and France introduced a U.N. Security Council resolution on Wednesday demanding Iran suspend uranium enrichment efforts that the West suspects are part of a secret nuclear weapons program.

The text, obtained by Reuters, does not threaten any punitive action but still faces opposition from Russia and China. It would be under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which makes demands it legally binding and gives Iran another chance to comply with the council's demands.

But the draft does threaten to consider "further measures" to ensure compliance and calls on nations to "exercise vigilance" in preventing the transfer of technology that could contribute to Iran's nuclear programs