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IAEA rebuked on handling of Iran

[JURIST] US Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Jackie Sanders [official profile] told the annual meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency [official website] Board of Governors Wednesday that the IAEA could no longer ignore its 'statutory obligations' and must refer the question of Iran's compliance with IAEA regulations over to the UN Security Council [official website]. Sanders said that the Tuesday report [official transcript] of IAEA deputy director general Pierre Goldschmidt [official profile], acknowledging the lack of cooperation on the part of Iran in allowing inspectors to review Iran's nuclear program for compliance with IAEA regulations, was just another reason why the international nuclear watchdog agency should turn the issue over to the Council, which Sanders said was the only body with the "international legal and political authority that will bring this issue to a successful and peaceful resolution". Reuters has more.

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