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IAEA Board of Governors postpones session on Iran

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Vienna, Sept 23, IRNA
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The International Atomic Energy Agency's Board of Governors adjourned its Friday morning session to the afternoon due to growing rifts and the necessary exchange of opinion over its final resolution.

An IAEA official told IRNA Friday morning that the morning session was postponed to the afternoon.

However, the official noted, even the afternoon session was likely to be called off to a later time because of the present complicated situation, significant differences in opinions and the firm positions of the sides involved.

According to the official, the Board member states are currently holding bilateral or multilateral working sessions to come up with a new draft resolution on Iran's nuclear activities.

The official said the time and date for materialization of the commitments by Iran is another issue being unofficially discussed by the Board member states.

If the afternoon session is held, the official added, the new draft resolution will be examined and the meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors will be concluded after five days of discussions provided that a consensus is reached over the draft.

The Thursday meeting of the Board on Iran's nuclear dossier ended before noon and was adjourned to Friday as well.

A diplomat from the UN nuclear watchdog had told IRNA Thursday that unofficial negotiations among the member states of the IAEA Board of Governors were currently underway and two draft resolutions proposed by the EU trio about Iran were high on the agenda.

The diplomat added that the countries dismissing referral of the dossier to the United Nations Security Council are facing two options.

"The member states should either approve the new EU draft putting a deadline and trigger mechanism. Otherwise, the three EU states will officially present their initially drafted proposal to the Board of Governors, which adopted a more severe policy towards Iran, and call for a vote on it," he added.

In one of the two resolutions, which were drawn up during the past days, the EU3 has called for referral of Iran's nuclear dossier to the Security Council, while the second one suggests a deadline and trigger mechanism.

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