U.N. says Iran meets deadline for investigation of atomic past

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 15, 2015 9:25 AM

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has given the U.N. nuclear watchdog what it needs to assess whether Tehran's past activities had anything to do with nuclear weapons, the agency said on Thursday, a further step towards implementing a deal between Tehran and world powers.

The deal struck in July calls for the lifting of sanctions in exchange for restrictions on Iran's nuclear activities.

Under a roadmap agreement reached along with that deal, Iran had to provide by Thursday the cooperation necessary for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to complete an assessment of Iran's activities by Dec. 15.

"In the period to 15 October 2015, activities set out in the 'road-map for the clarification of past and present outstanding issues regarding Iran’s nuclear program' were completed," the IAEA said in a statement.

It added that the agency would provide its assessment by Dec. 15, as expected. A spokesman for the IAEA declined to elaborate on Thursday's statement.

The IAEA said last month it had sent Iran questions on "ambiguities" in its submissions to the agency. Cooperation with a view to resolving those questions is a central part of what Iran had to supply by Thursday.

(Reporting by Francois Murphy and Shadia Nasralla; Editing by Richard Balmforth)