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UN nuclear agency board set to admonish Iran

Published on Sep 13, 2012 7:42 PM
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Yukiya Amano gives a press conference on Sept 10, 2012 after a meeting of IAEA members at agency headquarters in Vienna. -- PHOTO: AFP

VIENNA (AFP) - The United Nations (UN) atomic agency's board of governors was set on Thursday to debate on a resolution criticising Iran brought by world powers that is also aimed at dissuading Israel from military action.

However, a minor amendment to the text proposed by South Africa caused a delay in proceedings at the International Atomic Energy Agency meeting in Vienna, possibly postponing a vote until Friday.

Once the resolution goes before a vote, it was expected to be approved by a crushing majority. The resolution was introduced at the meeting of the IAEA's 35-nation board on Wednesday after days of haggling between Western nations and Russia and China, which are seen as more lenient on Teheran.

The draft text, seen by AFP, expresses "serious concern that Iran continues to defy" UN Security Council resolutions for it to suspend uranium enrichment, a process which can be used for peaceful purposes but also in a nuclear weapon.

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