Prods Iran To Speed Up Cooperation With IAEA Inquiry
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[June 04, 2014]
VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran faced
Western pressure on Wednesday to speed up its promised cooperation with
a U.N. nuclear watchdog investigation into suspected atomic bomb
research by Tehran, something the Islamic state denies.
The European Union - which groups three of the six powers seeking
to negotiate a settlement to a decade-old dispute with Iran over its
nuclear program - noted that "some" progress had been made in
separate talks between Iran and the International Atomic Energy
But, the 28-nation EU added in a statement to the IAEA's 35-nation
governing board, "We call on Iran to provide all the relevant
information to the agency, to address fully the substance of all of
the agency's concerns and to accelerate its cooperation with the
Iran says its uranium enrichment program is a peaceful energy
project, but the West fears it is covertly oriented to developing a
nuclear weapons capability. Western diplomats have long accused
Tehran of stonewalling the IAEA's investigation.
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said earlier this week that Iran
had begun to engage substantively with the U.N.'s agency's
investigation, but that more was needed to fully address his
U.S. officials say it is vital for Iran to resolve the IAEA's
questions if the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and
Russia are to reach a long-term accord with Iran that would set a
verifiable framework for its nuclear activity and end punitive
international sanctions imposed on Tehran.
The two sets of talks are separate but complementary as both focus
on suspicions that Iran may covertly have sought the means and
expertise to assemble nuclear weapons.
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The IAEA's inquiry focuses specifically on what it calls the
possible military dimensions of Iran's atomic activities, notably
whether it has worked on designing a nuclear warhead, which it
denies having done.
"To allay the international community's concerns about the possible
existence in Iran of undisclosed nuclear-related activities ..., it
is essential that Iran delivers substantive progress in the near
future," the EU statement said.
In a separate statement to the IAEA governors' meeting, Canada said
it "still believes that the pace of cooperation from Iran is too
(Reporting by Fredrik Dahl; Editing by Mark Heinrich)
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