Britain's foreign secretary Jack Straw says the Iranian nuclear situation is a problem of Iran's own making. And he called on Iran to provide positive guarantees that its nuclear capability is solely for civilian purposes.
Straw's comments Saturday come as representatives of Britain, Germany, France, the United States and the E.U. prepare for a meeting Monday in London to discuss whether to refer Iran to the U.N. security council for possible sanctions. The Europeans say the impasse should be resolved through diplomacy, but the U.S. says a military option should be retained as a last resort. Iran Saturday said it has agreed with Russia to increase the number of countries joining in a plan for Tehran to carry out its sensitive nuclear fuel work in Russia. President Bush this week called the plan a good one, but other officials questioned whether Iran will actually follow through on the proposal.