|Amano praises Iran’s cooperation with IAEA||
The UN nuclear agency chief praised Iran on Monday for showing increased openness about its nuclear program but he also said that Tehran should do more to address questions about its past nuclear activities.
Yukiya Amano’s comments are likely to be seen as positive by the six major powers that are aiming to negotiate a final deal with Iran by a July 20 deadline to settle a decade-old standoff over its nuclear program.
Iran says its uranium enrichment program is a peaceful energy project but the West claims it may be aimed at developing a nuclear weapons capability.
Amano said Iran’s engagement with the International Atomic Energy Agency in recent months - which includes greater access and more information - had helped the IAEA “gain a better understanding” of the program.
“I welcome the fact that the practical measures agreed with Iran ... have been implemented by Iran as planned. Iran has engaged with the agency substantively,” Amano, the IAEA director general, told a meeting of its 35-nation Board of Governors.
The IAEA has been seeking to carry out further investigation into claims that Iran may have worked on designing a nuclear warhead, a charge it strongly denies.
Last month, Iran gave the UN agency requested information about detonators - one of the issues that are part of the inquiry. It also agreed to address two other areas of the investigation by August 25.
“We are analyzing the information provided by Iran,” Amano said, and the IAEA would provide an assessment about the results of its investigation “in due course, after acquiring a good understanding of the whole picture.”
Amano also underlined the need for more Iranian cooperation with the IAEA’s investigation. "In order to resolve all outstanding issues, past and present, it is very important that Iran continues to implement the Framework for Cooperation," he said, referring to last year’s agreement with Tehran.
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