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Iran Faces Another UN Reprimand Over Nuclear-Weapon Evidence

November 18, 2011

Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Iran faces more international reprimands as the United Nations nuclear inspectorate convenes to discuss evidence that the Persian Gulf country experimented with atomic-bomb components as late as last year.

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s 35-member board of governors is meeting today in Vienna after IAEA inspectors presented on Nov. 8 what they called “credible” evidence showing Iran worked on bomb components to lift the yield of a nuclear explosion.

“We are looking for strong action,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Nov. 15 of U.S. expectations of the IAEA’s board. “We want to see them take additional action to put the pressure on Iran.”

Iran faces additional condemnation from the U.S. and its allies at the quarterly meeting, where countries may decide to impose an 11th resolution against the government in Tehran. The U.S. is trying to draw China and Russia into an agreement to maintain pressure on Iran, President Barack Obama said Nov. 12.

Iran, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ second-biggest producer, says it isn’t building nuclear weapons. The country is under four sets of UN Security Council sanctions.

Quarterly reprimands are made in the form of harshly worded statements about Iran’s nuclear duplicity. Sanctions pressure the country by restricting companies and people from conducting international transactions.

--Editors: Jennifer M. Freedman, Heather Langan

To contact the reporter on this story: Jonathan Tirone in Vienna at jtirone@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net


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