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Atomic Energy Agency to meet about Iran

Atomic Energy Agency to meet about Iran
Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 9:20am

The International Atomic Energy Agency meeting opened thursday in Vienna. The U.S. and western allies face a choice over Iran. The U.S., Britain, France and Germany could defy Russia and China and demand Iran answer questions on its alleged secret nuclear arms program or face renewed referral to the U.N. Security Council. Or they could settle for a rebuke of Iran's government that leaves the powers formally speaking with one voice but the world's hands tied in investigating suspicions about Iran.

Russia and China are likely to vote against a tough resolution that sets a time frame for Iran to cooperate with the IAEA's probe. The split along east-west lines is not new but is becoming more of a problem for the U.S. and its allies as Iran advances in enriching uranium. Iran denies hiding a weapons program and says its enrichment activities are meant only as an energy source.


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