IAEA meeting to focus on Iran, N. Korea progress

Key members of the UN atomic watchdog agency gathered Monday for a session on approving the suspension of dozens of technical aid programs to Iran as part of Security Council sanctions meant to punish Teheran for its nuclear defiance. Although the issue is not expected to come up until Tuesday at the earliest, the focus of the International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-nation board meeting will be on Iran's refusal to suspend uranium enrichment activities and linked problems. Diplomats familiar with the agency's Iran file said before the closed meeting that Teheran continues to refuse IAEA requests to put up cameras that would give agency monitors a full view of in its underground hall at Natanz, which Iran says will ultimately house 54,000 enriching centrifuges - enough to produce dozens of nuclear weapons a year.