UN watchdog eyes increased Iran presence to verify nuclear deal

January 12, 2014 10:28

VIENNA - The UN atomic watchdog is considering increasing its presence in Iran to better handle a bigger workload in verifying Tehran is implementing a landmark deal with world powers to curb its nuclear program, diplomats said.

Faced with an expanded role as a result of the Nov. 24 accord, the International Atomic Energy Agency is likely to need more inspectors in Iran and is also examining whether to set up a small, temporary office there, they said.

While IAEA inspectors frequently travel to Iran to make sure there is no diversion of nuclear material for military purposes, they do not now have any such operational base.

It was unclear whether the UN agency had already raised the matter with Iran, which would need to approve it.

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