The International Atomic Energy Agency's inevitable decision to report Iran to the Security Council will seriously increase the risk of further escalating conflict in the region, Greenpeace said today.
"Reporting Iran to the UN Security Council will be a lose-lose
outcome for the international community" said Greenpeace nuclear
analyst William Peden. "Board members supporting the EU-3 draft
resolution will be effectively shooting themselves in the foot.
"There will be no winners in this dispute. As Iran made quite
clear today they will have no choice but to severely restrict
inspections and no longer comply with requests to reveal
information above and beyond what is legally required under
existing treaty obligations. All diplomatic initiatives will also
be dead in the water escalating further tensions on all sides. It
is clear that heightened and mismanaged distrust on both sides will
"A decision to report Iran is premature - there were hopes that
negotiations and other diplomatic efforts could still succeed and
where there remains hope one should not close the door.
Regrettably, the majority of the IAEA Board's intentions do just
that," said Peden.
Greenpeace is opposed to any nation acquiring nuclear technology
and nuclear weapons, including Iran. It believes that the current
crisis is borne out of the clear contradiction in the nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty that obliges signatories to achieve a
world free of nuclear weapons whilst at the same time encouraging
their access to nuclear technology that can be diverted to produce
"The real solution to this crisis is a Nuclear Free Zone in the
Middle East," said Peden. "It is a vital first step towards
removing all nuclear proliferation risks in the region, as well as
providing the essential security guarantees from nuclear weapons
states outside the region. If we don't seriously contemplate this
option then the world will, as UN Secretary General Kofi Annan
pointed out yesterday, lurch from nuclear crisis to nuclear
crisis," Peden concluded.
Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation that uses
non-violent creative confrontation to expose global environmental
problems to force solutions that are essential to a green and
Other contacts: Michael Kessler, Greenpeace International Media Officer +34 660 637 053 (in Vienna)William Peden, Greenpeace International Nuclear Analyst +31 653 504 731 (in Vienna)