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Insiders: Pace of Iran Disclosures Worries U.N. Nuclear Agency
Insiders said U.N. monitors are worried about Iran's relative inaction to date on nuclear-transparency steps it pledged to take by August, Reuters reports.
Tehran agreed in May to the complete five measures by Aug. 25, as part of the International Atomic Energy Agency's long-stalled investigation into possible military elements of the nation's ostensibly peaceful nuclear program. On Tuesday, diplomatic sources said the Persian Gulf nation had done little or nothing so far to fulfill the commitments.
The insiders said Iran may wait until closer to deadline to take the steps, as it has for similar past pledges. Still, Western governments may see the delay as an indication that Tehran remains hesitant to help inspectors reach individuals and locations that the agency says are needed for its inquiry, according to Reuters.
U.S. government figures have said Iran's cooperation with the probe is crucial to the prospects of multinational negotiations over the future of the Tehran's nuclear activities. Iran is discussing how it might adopt long-term restrictions on the disputed efforts in return for sanctions curbs from China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. On Wednesday, Tehran said it would resume negotiations with the six countries in early September, Reuters reported separately.
One U.S. insider said Iran's possible past nuclear-arms research is one of several "very difficult subjects" addressed in talks with Tehran.
"That said, we have discussed a way forward on [the possible military dimensions], how we can help leverage these negotiations to get the kind of cooperation necessary to meet what the IAEA has set out," the source said on Saturday.
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