UN Security Council extends Iran sanctions mandate

United Nations, June 10 (IANS) The UN Security Council on Tuesday extended the mandate of the panel of experts monitoring the implementation of sanctions against Iran for a year until July 9, 2016.

The 15-member Council made the decision by “determining that proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, as well as their means of delivery, continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security,” Xinhua news agency reported.

The UN Council has requested the panel of experts to provide a planned programme of work within 30 days and submit a mid-term report by December 2015.

Last week, representatives from Iran and the P5+1 group (Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany), began a new round of nuclear talks in the Austrian capital of Vienna with the aim of preparing a preliminary draft for a possible nuclear deal by June 30.

On November 24, 2013, world powers and Iran reached an interim agreement: Iran would suspend some sensitive nuclear activities in exchange for limited sanction relief.

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