US agrees on Iran IAEA resolution

25 November 2003
Diplomats at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 25 November reached an agreement on a resolution responding to failure to meet international nuclear standards, to be voted on by the 35-nation board of directors. Reports indicate that the new resolution will not refer the issue to the UN Security Council, as the US had previously wanted. Instead, it will say that any future failures will allow the IAEA to use 'all options at its disposal'. The IAEA board will vote on the new resolution on 26 November (MEED 21:11:03).

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.

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