UN atomic watchdog wants more cooperation with Iran

UN atomic watchdog asks for more support during inspections of Iran’s nuclear program

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The chief of the UN’s atomic watchdog on Monday called for more cooperation from Iran regarding the inspection of its alleged nuclear weapons activity, AFP has reported.

“The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) remains ready to accelerate the resolution of all outstanding issues," agency head Yukiya Amano told a regular meeting of the IAEA's board of governors in Vienna.

"This can be realised by increased cooperation by Iran and by timely provision of access to all relevant information, documentation, sites material and personnel in Iran," Amano said.

The IAEA’s role is very significant before the ongoing negotiation talks between Iran and six world powers are finalised by a June 30 deadline. 

The negotiations are led by the a group known as P5+1 - Germany and five permanent members of the UN Security Council - China, France, Russia, UK and the US - in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The IAEA wants Iran to satisfy concerns that before 2003 it had used its nuclear programme for military goals in order to research nuclear weapons. 

In a 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, the United States Intelligence Community assessed that Iran had ended all "nuclear weapon design and weaponisation work" in 2003. In 2012, US intelligence agencies reported that Iran was pursuing research that could enable it to produce nuclear weapons, but was not attempting to do so. 

Following the report, the world’s major powers sped up nuclear talks with Iran.

Following the conclusion of negotiations, Iran expects the UN to initially lift the latest, most damaging, sanctions. 

Iran and the six world powers in Lausanne said in a statement that under the final accord, the IAEA would "be permitted the use of modern technologies and will have enhanced access through agreed procedures, including to clarify past and present issues."

TRTWorld and agencies