VIENNA - Several countries are expected to voice readiness on Friday to help pay for the UN atomic watchdog's expanded role in Iran to monitor a nuclear deal with six world powers, diplomats said, suggesting funding will not be a problem.

The 35-nation board of the International Atomic Energy Agency holds an extraordinary meeting on January 24 to discuss the IAEA's task to check that Iran meets its commitment to curb its nuclear program under the November 24 interim accord.

The IAEA said in a confidential report to member states last week that it estimated the increased workload as a result of the six-month deal - which took effect on Monday - would cost around 6 million euros.

Of that amount, "extrabudgetary voluntary contributions of about 5.5 million euros are needed", the report said.



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