Beijing May 7 -- Scores of countries have agreed on an overdue agenda for the conference reviewing the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, but a last-minute objection by Egypt stalled progress once again.
Egypt is seeking a greater agenda focus on assessing how well the nuclear powers have done in meeting commitments on specific steps toward nuclear disarmament.
Many non-weapon states complain that the United States has taken steps contrary to the commitment, such as rejecting the nuclear test-ban treaty.
The conference president, Brazilian diplomat Sergio de Queiroz Duarte, announced he will gather delegates to continue discussions.
Iranian-U.S. disagreements during the first four days of the month-long conference previously stalled the adoption of the agenda.
The international meeting on halting the proliferation of nuclear weapons kicked off on Monday at the United Nations headquarters in New York.