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NAM, G77 call on UN to drop Iran nuclear issue

TEHRAN, March 4 (Mehr News Agency) - The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Group of 77 have prepared separate statements calling for Iran's nuclear dossier to be removed from the agenda of the UN Security Council, an informed source at the IAEA said on Sunday.

In the IAEA Board of Governors meeting no decision will be taken on Iran's nuclear issue and the members will only read their statements, the source told the Mehr News Agency.

According to AFP, the International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-nation board of governors will convene a regular meeting on Monday at which the IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei will report on Iran's nuclear program.

A Western diplomat in Vienna said the board meeting should be free of controversy "in order to leave room for diplomacy elsewhere."

Another diplomat said about Iran: "Maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel. So it is better not to have fireworks for now" in Vienna.

The UN Security Council passed Resolution 1737 on December 23 imposing sanctions on Iran's trade in nuclear material and technology. The resolution demanded the Islamic Republic to stop uranium enrichment within a 60-day period or faces the prospect of additional sanctions.

In a report issued on February 22, the IAEA concluded that Iran had not suspended its nuclear fuel enrichment as the UN Security Council had demanded.

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