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IAEA Meeting on Iran Postponed Until Saturday


The United Nations nuclear watchdog agency is preparing to decide on a resolution Saturday calling for Iran to be reported to the United Nations Security Council over its suspect nuclear program.

A vote in Vienna by the 35-nation board of the International Atomic Energy Agency was postponed from Friday. The delay came after the United States opposed a last-minute move by Egypt to declare the entire Middle East a nuclear-free zone. The move appeared aimed at pressuring Israel to give up its suspected nuclear arsenal.

Envoys familiar with the situation say France, Britain and Germany, the three nations that authored the resolution on Iran, were working overnight to resolve the dispute between Cairo and Washington.

Diplomats say a majority on the IAEA board appear ready to back the measure.

Western governments accuse Iran of seeking nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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