The Bush administration is seeking the support of other nations in an effort to impose United Nations sanctions on Iran. The sanctions would aim to pressure Iran into negotiating an end to its nuclear programme.
Nicholas Burns, the US Undersecretary of State said "We fully expect that the IAEA will refer this issue to the United Nations Security Council, where it should be. Iran must (face the) judgment of the international community..."
French President Jacques Chirac said "The use of civilian nuclear energy, which is perfectly legitimate, must not serve as a pretext for pursuing activities that could actually be aimed at building up a military nuclear arsenal."