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IAEA meeting kicks off with Iran being the main topic

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Vienna, Sept 19, IRNA
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The 35-nation governing board of the UN atomic watchdog opened a three-day meeting here Monday behind closed doors with Iran's nuclear program being one of the main topics of discussion.

Although the issue of Iran's nuclear activities is not on the direct agenda of the meeting, the country's nuclear case, recent report by the International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei and referral of Iran's case to the UN Security Council are among the most important topics.

The IAEA may discuss Iran's case separately on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning.

According to reports, differences between the members of the board of governors on how to deal with the Iran case and the possibility of its referral to the UN Security Council has practically divided members into two parties, one in favor and the other against Iran.

This issue might prolong the meeting for one or more weeks.

IAEA sources said over 100 reporters and photographers have registered for covering the meeting. Talks on Iran's nuclear activities and the board's reaction to it seem to be the only issues of important to them.

Meanwhile, a Western diplomat told IRNA here Monday, the three European big states (Germany, Britain and France) have been working on their draft resolution on Iran's nuclear case to be presented to the IAEA and the possibility of sending it to the Security Council.

Diplomats of the EU3 reportedly held a meeting Sunday night prior to the IAEA's board of governors' meeting to discuss the draft resolution.

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