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Non-Aligned Movement countries reject forwarding Iran's nuclear case to Security Council

Ambassadors from member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) rejected here Friday the idea of submitting a report to the United Nations Security Council on Iran`s nuclear programs, IRNA reported from Vienna.

A diplomatic source at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), talking to IRNA under the condition of anonymity, said the NAM member countries in a statement supported Iran's constructive cooperation with the IAEA.

"NAM ambassadors unanimously rejected issuing a resolution that Iran is not committed to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and to refer Iran`s case to the Security Council," the source said. The statement called for continuation of cooperation and constructive talks between Iran and the agency to settle the issue in the framework of the IAEA`s regulations.

Washington had circulated a draft resolution among members of the governing board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) declaring Iran in "non-compliance" with UN nuclear obligations. If the resolution had found favor and been approved by the IAEA board at its meeting next week, the board would have been required to report Iran to the Security Council.

The Board of Governors are scheduled to hold a meeting here on September 8 to discuss a report by the IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei.

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