On November 22, 2004, in accordance with an agreement with the EU-3 (Germany, France, and the United Kingdom), Iran stopped enriching uranium. On November 29, 2004, the IAEA Board of Governors adopted a resolution on the Iranian nuclear program in which, recognizing that it is too early to close the Iranian file as a special case and confirming that a few questions remain, the Agency has not indicated any urgent need to punish Iran by submitting the file to the UN Security Council. The situation is, in fact, quite the opposite. “We are making good progress”, IAEA Director General Dr. Al Baradei has stated.
In contrast, the United States not only has declined to endorse the EU-3 initiative but has again expressed concerns over Iranian nuclear ambitions, suggesting that, according to U.S. intelligence, Iran has accelerated its nuclear weapons component of the program and has been working harder than ever on missiles designed specifically to carry nuclear warheads. […]