November 27, 2009 / 10:43 AM / 9 years ago

IAEA passes resolution rebuking Iran over cover-up

VIENNA, Nov 27 (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog’s governing body voted on Friday to censure Iran for developing a uranium enrichment site in secret and demanded it freeze the project immediately.

The resolution, passed by a 25-3 margin with six abstentions, was the first by the 35-nation governing board in almost four years. With rare Russian and Chinese backing, it sent a message of international exasperation with Iran’s nuclear secrecy.

But it was unclear whether the move, sponsored by six world powers, would translate into crucial Russian-Chinese support for sanctions Western leaders may push for if Iran does not begin to dispel suspicions about its nuclear ambitions soon.

(Reporting by Mark Heinrich); +43 1 5311 2276; Reuters Messaging:

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