Iran provides some information in U.N. nuclear inquiry: IAEA

Reuters News
Posted: May 29, 2015 6:07 AM

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has provided some information about one of two open items in a U.N. nuclear watchdog investigation into whether it may have researched an atomic bomb, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported on Friday.

The confidential IAEA report, obtained by Reuters, said Tehran had "shared some information in relation to one of these measures. The Agency and Iran agreed to continue the dialogue on these practical measures and to meet again in the near future."

The latest quarterly IAEA report on Iran was issued to the U.N. agency's member states with Iran seeking to nail down final terms of an accord with world powers on curbing its disputed nuclear energy program in exchange for relief from international sanctions. The seven countries have set themselves a deadline of June 30 but that is showing signs of slipping.

The Vienna-based IAEA also said it remained vital that Iran provide answers to the agency's questions on and access to the Parchin military base, where Western officials suspect Tehran conducted explosives tests relevant to nuclear bombs.

The Islamic Republic denies this and has long maintained that it is enriching uranium only for civilian atomic energy, not to covertly develop a nuclear bomb capability as the West has suspected.

"The (IAEA) remains ready to accelerate the resolution of all outstanding issues under the Framework for Cooperation. This can be realized by increased cooperation by Iran and by the timely provision of access to all relevant information, documentation, sites, material and personnel in Iran as requested by the agency," the report said.

(editing by Mark Heinrich)