Britain, France, and Germany are accusing Iran of "utter disrespect for the agency [IAEA] and members of this board." Obama will face allied doubts on Iran when he takes over.

"British Ambassador Simon Smith, delivering the "EU-3" statement, said some on the U.N. nuclear executive were originally confident Iran would cooperate with the probe. "Iran's dismissive response to these expressions of confidence is all too starkly set out in the report before this board, with its unmitigated record of refusal to cooperate," the statement said. Iran's denial of an IAEA request to check design details at a research reactor under construction and its failure to provide preliminary design data for a nuclear power plant planned at Darkhovin were of particular concern, he said. Iran's programme was dangerous because it "continues and intensifies a threat to the stability of a troubled region," the statement said.