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Iran, Syria Top UN Atomic Agency’s Agenda Before EU Meeting

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Dec. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Iran and Syria, under international investigation for possible weapons-related nuclear work, top the agenda of today’s meeting at the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The IAEA’s 35-member board of governors convenes at around 10 a.m. local time in Vienna. The group, chaired by Pakistan, may also decide to fund a nuclear fuel bank operated by the agency, according to a copy of the meeting agenda.

Iran’s nuclear program, which has drawn four sets of United Nations sanctions, is at the center of European Union-led talks scheduled for Dec. 6 and 7 in Geneva. Iran has the world’s second-largest oil and natural gas reserves and says it’s producing uranium to fuel nuclear reactors. The U.S. and Europe accuse Iran of trying to build nuclear weapons.

IAEA inspectors are also trying to gain greater access to sites in Syria that the U.S. alleges were part of a military program. Syria has denied inspectors access to sites, including a uranium-extraction plant built with IAEA technical assistance, according to a restricted report obtained by Bloomberg and scheduled to be released today.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jonathan Tirone at jtirone@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net

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