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EU calls for IAEA condemnation of Iran nuclear program, but not UN sanctions

[JURIST] The European Union Friday presented a motion to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website] in Vienna that would condemn Iran's nuclear program as a violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [PDF text; JURIST news archive], but would not refer Iran to the UN Security Council [official website] for possible sanctions. Earlier this week, Germany, France and Great Britain dropped their demand [JURIST report] for Security Council review of Iran's nuclear activities after resistance from China, which purchases Iranian oil, and Russia, which is constructing Iran's first nuclear reactor. Iran said Friday that it would view a referral by the IAEA to the Security Council as a "confrontation," and would then carry out the last steps in making nuclear fuel. AFP has more.

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