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U.N. Nuclear Agency Meets to Discuss Iran

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

The governing body of the International Atomic Energy Agency is meeting today in Vienna. It's expected to approve a decision made last month by the agency's chief, Mohamed ElBaradei, to suspend several aid programs to Iran. That move is in line with the U.N. Security Council resolution passed in December to ban transfers of atomic technology and expertise to Iran.

The Tehran government has steadfastly refused to permit IAEA cameras at a site where it's assembling uranium enrichment centrifuges. The IAEA board is also reviewing another important nuclear issue, the deal between North Korea and five nations to ultimately dismantle its nuclear arms program.

ElBaradei is to travel to Pyongyang in a week's time to discuss the details of that agreement. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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