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IAEA set to give Iran 'more time'
By Bethany Bell
BBC News, Vienna

Technicians carry a box containing yellowcake at Iran's nuclear facility at Isfahan. File photo
Iran says its nuclear programme is for purely peaceful purposes
The UN nuclear watchdog is meeting to discuss the latest revelations about Iran's controversial nuclear programme.

But the board of governors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is unlikely to push to have Iran referred to the UN Security Council.

The Vienna meeting comes amid hopes that talks between Teheran and the EU could resume in December.

The IAEA has to consider its response to Iran's continuing refusal to suspend its uranium conversion activities.

The UN agency will also study a document handed over by Iran which contained information that could be used to build a nuclear bomb.

Compromise hopes

But while there is heightened concern from several countries about this disclosure, the board is not expected to take harsh action.

The US and the Europeans are hoping that Iran will consider a compromise proposal that would move the sensitive part of nuclear fuel production - uranium enrichment - to Russia.

The Iranian foreign minister says talks with the Europeans could resume after the IAEA board meeting.

But it is not clear whether Iran will agree to give up the right to enrich fuel within its own borders.

The US accuses Iran of secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons, a charge Teheran denies.


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