After US objections to the original draft resolution on 21 November, which was sponsored by the UK, France and Germany, the board of governors suspended negotiations on the issue for one week. IAEA director-general Mohammed El-Baradei said the board needed more time to work out its response to the latest report on the programme, which was published days earlier. El-Baradei said he favoured the US’ stance on the drafting of a resolution, claiming that the European-sponsored document did not sufficiently support the aims of the IAEA.