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IAEA Board Adopts Resolution on Iran

IAEA Board of Governors

At the end of deliberations beginning 17 November, the IAEA Board of Governors adopted a resolution on the implementation of safeguards and relevant provisions of the UN Security Council resolutions in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The resolution expresses deep and increasing concern about the unresolved issues regarding the Iranian nuclear program, including those which need to be clarified to exclude the existence of possible military dimensions. It also stresses the need for Iran and the Agency to "intensify their dialogue" aiming at the urgent resolution of all outstanding substantive issues for the purpose of providing clarifications regarding those issues.

The resolution urges Iran once again to comply fully and without delay with its obligations under relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council, and to meet the requirements of the IAEA Board of Governors. Expressing continuing support for a diplomatic solution, the resolution calls on Iran to engage seriously and without preconditions in talks aimed at restoring international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of Iranís nuclear program.

It further requests the Director General to include in his progress report to the March 2012 meeting of the Board of Governors an assessment of the implementation of this resolution.

The resolution on the implementation of safeguards in Iran was adopted by a majority.

-- by Rodolfo Quevenco, IAEA Division of Public Information