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IAEA to Report Iran to UN Security Council


The International Atomic Energy Agency has decided to report Iran to the U.N. Security Council over suspicions it is trying to make atomic weapons.

Iran swiftly responded to the I.A.E.A. decision Saturday by threatening to proceed with full-scale uranium enrichment and halting spot checks of nuclear plants by U.N. inspectors.

A top Iranian nuclear official Javad Vaeedi also said today Tehran may no longer consider Moscow's proposal for Iran to enrich uranium in Russia. He said commercial uranium enrichment will be resumed at a key nuclear plant in central Iran Natanz.

Diplomats in Vienna say 27 I.A.E.A. members voted in favor of the motion to refer Tehran, five abstained and three voted against it.

Iran says its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes.
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