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IAEA board adopts resolution to inform UN on Iran nuclear issue


VIENNA, February 4 (RIA Novosti) - The IAEA Board of Governors has adopted a resolution Saturday to inform the UN Security Council on the Iran nuclear issue.

The resolution was supported by 27 member-countries of the UN's nuclear watchdog board. Algeria, Belarus, Indonesia, Libya and South Africa abstained. Syria, Venezuela and Cuba voted against.

Peter Jenkins, the UK's permanent representative to the United Nations in Vienna, said the resolution sent a serious message to Iran, and urged the country to resume its nuclear moratorium which it unilaterally lifted on January 11.

According to the resolution, IAEA Director General Mohammed ElBaradei is set to deliver a report on the Iranian nuclear program to the UN Security Council.

ElBaradei is set to report on moves, which Tehran should take to disperse suspicions of its alleged intention to produce nuclear weapons.

He will also submit a report to the UN, which he will present at the next session of the IAEA Board of Governors in March, and a draft resolution, which is expected to be adopted in March.

The resolution says the international community is not convinced that Iran's nuclear program is intended for purely peaceful purposes. The IAEA said it had not reached a final conclusion on the possibility of secret nuclear activity in Iran after three-year inspections and expressed concern about Iran's technical documents, which could be used to create nuclear weapons.

The resolution urges Iran to resume its moratorium on nuclear fuel research, to ratify an additional protocol to its agreement with the IAEA, and to allow the agency to clarify all aspects of its past nuclear activities.

The resolution was coordinated by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (Russia, the U.S., China, Britain and France), along with Germany.

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