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ElBaradei plays for time as IAEA weighs Iran resolution

[JURIST] International Atomic Energy Agency [official website] Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei Thursday sought to delay an IAEA vote on a draft resolution offered by Britain, France and Germany and backed by the US that calls for Iran to be reported to the UN Security Council [official website] after Tehran broke IAEA seals [JURIST report] on equipment used to produce enriched uranium. ElBaradei said he wanted a "window of opportunity" to defuse the situation and noted that IAEA board members were not yet agreed on whether to report Iran to the Security Council now or at a future date. Iran claims there is no legal basis for a referral to the Security Council [JURIST report] and has threatened to respond with a resumption of nuclear activity [AP report] and an end to IAEA oversight. ABC Australia has more.

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