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October 7, 2005
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Syria, Egypt and Libya joined the board of the U.N. nuclear watchdog. The three nations joined the International Atomic Energy Agency board last week as part of a routine two-year rotation of 10 countries, just six weeks before the IAEA’s next considers Iran’s nuclear weapons program. There was only one Arab nation, Tunisia, among countries departing the board, and Pakistan — known for its resistance to nuclear scrutiny — also is leaving. IAEA officials do not believe the new nations will alter the majority on the 35-member board that favors tougher scrutiny of Iran. The IAEA board may decide at its November meeting to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council for sanctions.

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