IAEA seeks Iranian clarifications in nuclear weapons inquiry

2015-09-09 17:58
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Vienna - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has taken the next step to investigate alleged nuclear weapons work in Iran by asking Tehran to clear up remaining open questions, it said on Wednesday.

As foreseen by Iran's recent nuclear deal with six world powers and by a separate road map arrangement with the IAEA, Iran had submitted information to the nuclear watchdog last month to explain suspect research and development activities.

"The IAEA has undertaken a rigorous and thorough review of the explanations provided by Iran on August 15 under the road map," IAEA spokesperson Fredrik Dahl said.

He said his agency on Tuesday submitted "questions to Iran on ambiguities regarding the information Iran provided”.

In 2011, the IAEA said it identified 12 projects that Iran had conducted and indicated an effort to develop nuclear warhead components.

Tehran has said Western intelligence findings that form the basis of the IAEA's research were flawed and some of the projects in question served conventional military or industrial purposes.

Under the IAEA-Iran road map, the weapons inquiry and a visit to the suspect research site at Parchin are to be completed by mid-October. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano is scheduled to draw up a final assessment by mid-December.

Under the broader six-power deal, sanctions targeting Iran will be scrapped if Iran cooperates with the IAEA's investigation and scales down its nuclear activities.

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