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IAEA Wednesday Meeting To Discuss Iran Case Put On Hold

Source: Radio Farda Newsroom

Iran's nuclear program was expected to be discussed at the Wednesday and Thursday sessions of the IAEA meeting. But the Wednesday official sessions are now suspended, apparently over disagreements on the three European's draft resolution about Iran. Reporters say however, that diplomats are holding discussions on informal basis.

On Monday September 13, a new round of IAEA meetings to discuss the nuclear activities of a number of countries including Iran began in Vienna. They were expected to continue daily until the end of this week. But at the end of the Tuesday session it was decided that there would be no official meetings on Wednesday.

This was announced by both Dr. Al-Baradei, the chief of the nuclear agency, and the Spanish representative on the board of governors, who is chairing the meetings. Neither gave their reasons for this decision.

After investigating the matter further, Radio Farda's correspondent reports from Vienna that one reason for this decision could be disagreements over the content of the draft resolution submitted by the three European countries, Britain, France and Germany.

The general view in Vienna is that there are disagreements between most parties at the board of governors on the wording of the resolution. Representatives of countries like Italy, Spain and Holland find the tone of the resolution too strong and have demanded that it should be toned down. But the US delegate believes prolonging the process on Iran's case would only pave the way for Iran to buy more time for developing its nuclear program.

The US representatives are unhappy with the lack of a deadline for Iran in the draft resolution. They believe this will give Iran the opportunity to use delaying tactics and further develop its nuclear programs. In addition, they criticise the draft resolution for failing to point out Iran's lack of transparency over a number of its nuclear activities.

The draft resolution has not been formally distributed among the participants. However, according to Radio Farda'a correspondent reports, different copies of it have been made available through different sources, though none of these copies are the final version and every hour or so a new one is seen to be changing hands.

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