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Chronology of Key Events

(January - December 2006)

DECEMBER 2006

23, Saturday. Director General Response to Security Council Resolution. In a press release issued today, IAEA Director General ElBaradei responds to the adoption by the UN Security Council of a resolution on Iran's nuclear programme. Press Release | SC Resolution 1737 (2006) [pdf]

NOVEMBER 2006

23, Thursday. Director General Briefs Board on Iran and Other Issues. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei addressed the Agency´s 35-member Board of Governors on a range of topics, including the IAEA´s Technical Cooperation Programme and developments related to nuclear safeguards. The Board is meeting in Vienna 23 - 24 November. DG Statement | Video: Press Briefing | Media Advisory

OCTOBER 2006

14, Thursday. IAEA Board Releases Iran Report. The IAEA Board derestricted the latest report on the implementation of safeguards in Iran submitted by IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei. The Board concluded its meetings in Vienna this week. IAEA Board Report, 31 August 2006 [pdf]

11, Monday. IAEA Director General Briefs Board, Media on Iran Nuclear Safeguards. Director General Mohamed ElBaradei today addressed the IAEA Board of Governors on the Agency´s nuclear safeguards in Iran, among other issues. Before the meeting, he briefed the international press corps on the Iran case. Full Story | Video: Press Briefing

JULY 2006

31, Monday. Security Council Resolution on Iran Nuclear Programme. The Security Council, seriously concerned that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was still unable to provide assurances about Iran´s undeclared nuclear material and activities after more than three years, today demanded that Iran suspend all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development, and gave it one month to do so or face the possibility of economic and diplomatic sanctions to give effect to its decision. SC Resolution 1696 (2006)

JUNE 2006

12, Monday: Report by IAEA Director General on Iran. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei addressed the Agency´s Board of Governors on a range of topics. He also circulated his latest report on nuclear safeguards in Iran to the Board. DG Statement | IAEA Board Report, 8 June 2006 [pdf]

MAY 2006

31, Wednesday: Statement by IAEA Director General on Iran. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei welcomed the announcement by U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, expressing the readiness of the U.S. Government to join the EU-Iran talks once Iran responds positively to the IAEA Board of Governor´s call for the suspension of enrichment-related and reprocessing activities as a confidence-building measure. Press Release

4, Thursday: IAEA Report on Iran Before UN Security Council for Action. The UN Security Council continues its discussions of Iran´s nuclear programme and the IAEA´s latest safeguards report. A draft resolution was submitted by the United States, United Kingdom, and France. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei sent his report on the implementation of safeguards in Iran to the IAEA Board and the Security Council on 28 April. Full Story | UN Security Council News

APRIL 2006

13, Thursday: IAEA Director General in Iran. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei met with senior officials in Iran on the Agency´s verification of the country´s nuclear programme. Full Story

MARCH 2006

29, Wednesday: UN Security Council Presidential Statement. The Security Council, in a Presidential Statement, underlined the importance of Iran´s re-establishing full, sustained suspension of uranium-enrichment activities and called on Iran to take steps required by the IAEA Board of Governors, and requested a report from the IAEA Director General in 30 Days. SC President Statement, 29 March 2006

20, Monday: UN Security Council Takes Up IAEA Report on Iran´s Nuclear Programme. The IAEA report on Iran´s nuclear programme topped the agenda of a closed-door meeting of the United Nations Security Council 17 March, the first time the issue has been formally addressed by the 15-member body. Consultations are continuing this week. UN Story

8, Wednesday: Report on Iran´s Nuclear Programme Sent to UN Security Council. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei has transmitted his report on Iran´s nuclear programme to the UN Security Council, at the close of the Agency´s Board of Governors meeting in Vienna today. Speaking to the press, the Director General called for a "cool headed approach" from all parties. Full Story | Transcript: DG Press Briefing | DG Statement | IAEA Board Report, 27 February 2006 | Photo Gallery

6, Monday: IAEA Director General Briefs Board, Press on Safeguards in Iran. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei today spoke to the international press about Iran´s nuclear programme, before the opening of the Agency´s Board of Governors meeting in Vienna this week. He addressed the Board today. Full story | DG Statement | Transcript: Press Statement

2, Thursday: IAEA Director General Encouraged by Meeting on Iran. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei welcomes the high-level meeting between Foreign Ministers of the EU3, the High Representative of the EU and Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Larijani scheduled to take place tomorrow in Vienna. Press Release

FEBRUARY 2006

28, Wednesday: Report on Iran Nuclear Safeguards Sent to Agency´s Board. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei this week circulated his latest report on the Agency´s nuclear verification in Iran to the IAEA´s Member States. Full Story

4, Saturday: IAEA Board Adopts Resolution on Nuclear Safeguards in Iran. The IAEA Board of Governors passed a resolution requesting the IAEA Director General to report to the UN Security Council all IAEA reports and resolutions, as adopted, relating to the implementation of safeguards in Iran. Resolution [pdf] | Photo Gallery: IAEA Board

3, Friday: IAEA Board Set to Convene for Day Two. Day two of the IAEA Board´s special meeting on Iran opens this afternoon at the Agency´s headquarters in Vienna. The Board is considering a draft resolution tabled by Britain, France and Germany. Iran requested the circulation of a letter (issued as INFCIRC/666) submitted to the Director General. Full Story | INFCIRC/666 [pdf]

2, Thursday: IAEA Board Meets on Nuclear Safeguards in Iran. A special meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors opened at the Agency´s headquarters in Vienna. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei spoke to the international press corps covering the meeting on Iran´s nuclear programme. Full Story | Update Brief, DDG-Safeguards, 31 January 2006 [pdf] | Video: IAEA Board | Photo Gallery: IAEA Board

JANUARY 2006

31, Tuesday: Update on Developments in Iran. The Deputy Director General for Safeguards transmitted to the Board of Governors an Update Brief entitled Developments in the Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran and Agency Verification of Iran´s Suspension of Enrichment-related and Reprocessing Activities. Update Brief [pdf]

24, Tuesday: Iran Requests Information Circular on Nuclear Issues. Iran submitted a document to the IAEA (issued as INFCIRC/665) entitled Short Glance on Iranian Nuclear Issue to the IAEA, requesting it be distributed as an Information Circular for all Member States. The IAEA Board is scheduled to meet on Iran´s nuclear programme at sessions beginning 2 February 2006. Media Advisory | INFCIRC/665 [pdf]

13, Friday: IAEA Receives Communication on Iran from UK, France and Germany. The IAEA received a document for circulation (issued as INFCIRC/662) entitled E3/EU Statement on the Iran Nuclear Issue from the UK, France and Germany that reports on a meeting in Berlin, 12 January 2006. INFCIRC/662 [pdf]

10, Tuesday: Iran Begins Removal of IAEA Seals at Enrichment-related Locations. IAEA inspectors have confirmed that Iran has started to remove IAEA seals on enrichment-related equipment and material at Natanz. Based on the information currently available, the removal of Agency seals at enrichment site of Natanz, and at two related storage and testing locations, Pars Trash and Farayand Technique, will be completed by 11 January 2006. Press Release | Media Advisory

3, Tuesday: Iran Informs IAEA of Decision to Resume Nuclear R&D. The IAEA Secretariat received today a Note Verbale from the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran in which Iran informed the Agency that it "has decided to resume from 9 January 2006 those R&D on the peaceful nuclear energy programme which has been suspended as part of its expanded voluntary and non-legally binding suspension." Press Release