|There has been steady progress in Iran’s cooperation with IAEA: official||
TEHRAN -- The Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency has said that there has been “steady and constant progress” in Tehran’s cooperation with the IAEA, Reuters reported on Thursday.
Ambassador Reza Najafi made the remarks during a board meeting this week of the UN nuclear agency, where IAEA chief Yukiya Amano praised Iran for showing increased openness about its nuclear program but also said that Tehran should do more to address questions about its past nuclear activities.
“We do not recognize the ... unsubstantiated allegations,” Najafi told the board in a statement made available to Reuters on Thursday. “However, we have already announced our readiness to cooperate with the IAEA on some of the ambiguities in order to clarify them.”
The IAEA has been seeking to carry out further investigation into claims that Iran may have worked on designing nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran strongly denies.
Last month, Iran gave the UN agency requested information about detonators - one of the issues that are part of its inquiry. It also agreed to address two other areas of the investigation by August 25.
Western envoys have welcomed Iran’s increased nuclear transparency, while also calling for Tehran to pick up the pace of its cooperation.
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