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Europeans drop plan to condemn Iran at UN nuclear watchdog

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Rafael Mariano Grossi during a news conference at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, March 1, 2021. (Ronald Zak/AP)
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Rafael Mariano Grossi during a news conference at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, March 1, 2021. (Ronald Zak/AP)

European nations will not go ahead with a planned resolution criticizing Iran at this week’s meeting of the UN nuclear watchdog, diplomatic sources say.

France, Britain and Germany had planned to introduce a resolution at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s board of governors criticizing Iran’s suspension of some IAEA inspections.

However, diplomats say the resolution, which had not yet been formally submitted, will now not be put forward.

The decision to hold off was made “to give time to diplomacy,” one diplomatic source says, pointing to “initiatives undertaken by [IAEA Director General Rafael] Grossi” and signs of “good faith” on the Iranian side.

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