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Iran Drops Bid For Seat On UN Nuclear Body's Board

Diplomats say Iran has withdrawn a bid for a seat on the UN nuclear watchdog's policy-setting board after failing to win consensus backing from a regional group of Middle East and South Asian countries.

An unnamed Arab diplomat said Iran announced it would drop its candidacy for the sake of "the solidarity of the group."

Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, both U.S. allies, were today elected to the 35-nation board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which has the power to refer countries to the UN Security Council if they are believed to be working against its regulations.

The IAEA Board of Governors referred Iran to the Security Council in February 2006 over Tehran's nuclear activities.

compiled from Reuters reports