IAEA cancels technical aid projects with Iran

The UN nuclear watchdog agency on Friday suspended nearly half of the technical aid it now provides Teheran in line with UN sanctions slapped on the Islamic republic for its refusal to mothball its uranium enrichment program. As IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei issued the report to his agency's 35-nation board, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator abruptly canceled planned meetings both with ElBaradei in Vienna and with senior European leaders in Munich, on the sidelines of a security conference in the German city. Organizers of the Munich conference said negotiator Ali Larijani cancelled because of an unspecified illness, whereas IAEA officials said they were told he was not coming for "technical reasons."