The International Atomic Energy Agency has decided to report Iran to the UN Security Council over suspicions it is trying to make atomic weapons.
Iran swiftly responded to the IAEA board of governors' decision today-Saturday by threatening to move ahead with full-scale uranium enrichment and halting spot checks of nuclear plants by UN inspectors.
Diplomats in Vienna say 27 IAEA members voted in favor of the motion to refer Tehran, five abstained and three voted against it.
The vote was postponed Friday after the United States opposed a last-minute move by Egypt to declare the entire Middle East a nuclear-free zone. The move was apparently aimed at Israel's presumed nuclear arsenal.
The United States says Iran is secretly trying to make nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes.
Information for this report is provided by AP and Reuters.