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"IAEA votes to report Iran to U.N. Security Council
27 nations vote for the resolution in Vienna, three against, and five abstain
VIENNA (Austria): The International Atomic Energy Agency reported Iran to the U.N. Security Council on Saturday over fears it wants to produce nuclear arms, raising the stakes in the diplomatic confrontation - and prompting Tehran to threaten immediate retaliation.
Of the Board's 35 member nations, 27 voted for referral, reflecting more than two years of intense lobbying by the United States and its allies to enlist broad backing for such a move. Washington critics Cuba, Venezuela and Syria voted against, and the rest abstained.
Still, the near consensus came at a price for Washington. Long an advocate of firm Security Council action against Iran, including possible political and economic sanctions, the Americans had to settle for what is essentially symbolic referral, for now.
After years of opposition, Russia and China backed the referral last week, bringing support from other nations who had been waiting for their lead. But in return, Moscow and Beijing demanded that the Americans - and France and Britain, the two other veto-wielding Security Council members - agree to let the Iran issue rest until at least March. That is when the IAEA Board meets again to review the agency's investigation of Iran's nuclear program and its compliance with Board demands that it renounce uranium enrichment."