Thursday, February 02, 2006
By GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press Writer -- Thursday, 3 minutes ago
VIENNA, Austria - The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency met Thursday to consider referringto the over its nuclear program, which the United States and believe is not "exclusively for peaceful purposes."
IAEA's Director General Mohamed ElBaradei talks to Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Chief U.N. Weapons Inspector Olli Heinonen, left, prior to the start of the IAEA's 35-nation board meeting on escalating nuclear standoff with Iran, on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, at Vienna's International Center. (AP Photo/Rudi Blaha)
Positions appeared to harden on the eve of the two-daymeeting after European nations formally submitted a U.S.-backed motion for the IAEA's 35-nation board to refer Iran to the Security Council.
Iran remained defiant, warning Wednesday that such action will provoke it into doing exactly what the world wants it to renounce -- starting full-scale uranium enrichment, a possible pathway to nuclear weapons.
Dave Haigler, Abilene, Texas
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