Mofaz’s warning to Iran came after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board of directors on 27 November voted against referring its breaches of the Non-Proliferation Treaty to the UN Security Council – a decision much criticised by Israel. Instead, IAEA director general Mohammed El-Baradei used the occasion to send a strong warning to Tehran. ‘By today’s decision, the international community affirmed, in no uncertain terms, the integrity of the nuclear non-proliferation regime by strongly deploring Iran’s failures and breaches to comply with its obligations under the safeguards agreement,’ he told diplomats and journalists in Vienna.