Iran's ambassador to the IAEA Reza Najafi addresses the media after a board of governors meeting at the body's headquarters in Vienna March 4, 2015..
(photo credit: REUTERS)
WASHINGTON – Tehran is still not cooperating with the International Atomic Energy Agency in its investigation of military dimensions to its past nuclear work, despite years of requests and despite negotiations with world powers over its program nearing a final deadline next month, the agency reported on Friday.
The document from the Vienna-based UN agency was obtained by the Associated Press, which reported that IAEA provided its update to its 35-nation board and the UN Security Council.
The IAEA is “concerned about the possible existence in Iran of undisclosed nuclear- related activities involving military-related organizations, including activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for missiles,” AP reported, citing the document.
“Iran is required to cooperate fully with the agency on all outstanding issues” – and is not doing so, the IAEA document reads.
Negotiations continued last week in Vienna at the political director level, and have been continuous between experts from the US and Iran since the powers reached a broad political framework in Lausanne on April 2.
According to that framework, a final deal will require that Iran comply with vigorous inspections of its nuclear sites on a regular basis for more than a decade. The monitoring body responsible for those inspections will be the IAEA.
The deadline for a comprehensive, final nuclear accord is June 30.
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