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UN Sets Nuclear Deadline, Iran Walks Out in Protest

The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog on Friday set Iran an October 31 deadline to prove it had no secret atomic weapons program, prompting Tehran to threaten a “deep review” of its cooperation with the agency. Following intense U.S. pressure for action against Iran, the 35-nation board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) passed a resolution setting the deadline. Iran’s delegation stormed out of the closed-door meeting, accusing Washington of having new invasion plans after Iraq. The toughly worded resolution gives Iran — branded by the United States last year as part of an “axis of evil” with pre-war Iraq and North Korea– one last chance to prove it has been complying with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The United States says Tehran has violated the treaty in its effort to develop atomic weapons secretly. Iran, which denies the allegation, could face economic sanctions if reported to the U.N. Security Council for breach of its NPT obligations. Full Story

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