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Diplomats: US, Europe Suspend Push for Possible Sanctions on Iran

Diplomats at the U.N. nuclear agency say the United States and its European allies have agreed to suspend their push to refer Iran to the Security Council for possible sanctions over its nuclear activities.

The diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity, said U.S. and European officials agreed to the delay to give Russia more time to persuade Iran to compromise on its nuclear activities.

They spoke Monday, ahead of this week's meeting of the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. The West accuses Iran of seeking to build nuclear weapons - a charge Iran denies.

Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw says Iran must meet its obligations and allow international inspectors to visit its nuclear facilities. On Sunday, the Iranian parliament voted to bar such visits if Iran is referred to the Security Council.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.