UN: Tehran meeting deadline for investigation of atomic past

IAEA to provide assessment of Iran's activities by end of the year.

October 15, 2015 17:33
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Negotiators wait for photographers during a meeting at the hotel where the Iran nuclear talks are being held in Vienna, Austria July 6, 2015.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

VIENNA - Iran has given the UN nuclear watchdog what it needs to assess whether Tehran's past activities had anything to do with nuclear weapons, the agency said on Thursday, a further step toward implementing a deal between Tehran and world powers.

The deal struck in July calls for the lifting of sanctions in exchange for restrictions on Iran's nuclear activities.

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Under a roadmap agreement reached along with that deal, Iran had to provide by Thursday the cooperation necessary for the International Atomic Energy Agency to complete an assessment of Iran's activities by December 15.

"In the period to 15 October 2015, activities set out in the 'road-map for the clarification of past and present outstanding issues regarding Iran's nuclear program' were completed," the IAEA said.

It added that the agency would provide its assessment by December 15, as expected. A spokesman for the IAEA declined to elaborate on Thursday's statement.

The IAEA said last month it had sent Iran questions on "ambiguities" in its submissions to the agency. Cooperation with a view to resolving those questions is a central part of what Iran had to supply by Thursday.

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