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Iran Plans to Offer Full Rundown of Atomic Efforts
Iran is listing out everything its nuclear program has ever done, possibly helping Western nations to clarify any bomb ambitions in Tehran, Reuters reports.
Iranian Atomic Energy Agency spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi on Monday said the country is preparing a "comprehensive document" on its nuclear efforts, according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency.
"This is time-consuming, as we need to coordinate with other government bodies, but we hope to have it finished in eight months," Kamalvandi said.
That schedule means the document would not be ready until after a July 20 goal date for completion of a nuclear pact sought by Iran and six other negotiating powers: China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The possible long-term deal could remove international sanctions against Iran if the Persian Gulf power adopts measures intended to prevent its ostensibly peaceful nuclear program from potentially supporting arms production.
Kamalvandi, though, did not specify whether Tehran could submit the planned declaration of its historical nuclear work to international entities, such as the International Atomic Energy Agency. The organization, headquartered in Vienna, is charged with ensuring that Iran and other non-nuclear weapons states do not divert their atomic assets for military use.
Separately, the spokesman said President Hassan Rouhani's administration reassigned Iranian atomic staffers who were critical of Tehran's nuclear dialogue with Western powers, Reuters reported separately.
"Only a limited number of people were concerned and they were neither scientists nor were they fired," Kamalvandi said. He said conservative politicians were taking advantage of the atomic debate for "political gains and to win seats in parliament."
The admission followed weeks of chatter suggesting that a number of Iranian nuclear agency experts had lost their positions in opposing the country's negotiations with the five permanent U.N. Security Council member nations and Germany.
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