U.N. nuclear agency orders Iran to cooperate as new atomic deal looks less likely
Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin tells “Special Report” the latest on Iran nuclear negotiations after a top diplomat said they are “less confident” about finishing the deal.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, has voted to order Iran to cooperate with the agency’s investigation into uranium traces found at three undeclared sites as a nuclear deal with the country appears to be less and less certain.
The resolution drafted by the United States, Britain, France and Germany says the board “decides it is essential and urgent” that Iran explain the origin of the uranium particles and more generally give the IAEA all the answers it requires.
“Iran must now provide the necessary cooperation, no more empty promises,” the United States said in its statement to the board shortly before the resolution was adopted with 26 votes in favor, five abstentions and two countries absent, according to diplomats in the meeting. Only Russia and China voted against.
The resolution is not the first time the board has passed action against Iran, but the current resolution contains stronger wording that hints at possible diplomatic escalation down the line.
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