Iran at odds with US, Russia on smallpox stocks

By REUTERS
May 23, 2011 22:15

 
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GENEVA - Iran spearheaded opposition on Monday to a US and Russian-backed plan to postpone fixing a date to destroy the world's last known stocks of live smallpox virus.

A debate over when to destroy stocks held in the United States and Russia has rumbled on for 25 years and resurfaced late last week.

Lengthy talks had yet to come up with a compromise on Monday between those such as Iran that want the stocks destroyed and the United States and other powers that say a decision should be put off for another five years.

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