Iran pledges to give answers on atomic program

Seeking to evade new UN sanctions, Iran has pledged to end years of stonewalling and provide answers on past suspicious activities to the UN nuclear monitoring agency probing its atomic program, an official said Friday. The offer, which the official said was made Thursday by top Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani to EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, falls short of the concession sought by the international community - a promise to freeze Iran's uranium enrichment activities. But it would still represent a major compromise on Tehran's part in easing at least some concerns about its nuclear program.