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IAEA verifies non-diversion in Iran's nuclear activities

Iran Press TV

Mon Jun 8, 2015 2:41PM

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has once again verified the non-diversion of Iran's declared nuclear activities from their peaceful nature.

"Concerning safeguards' implementation in Iran, the agency continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under its Safeguards agreement," the agency's Director General Yukia Amano said on Monday.

He made the comments in the Austrian capital of Vienna on the opening day of a four-day-long meeting of the UN nuclear watchdog's Board of Governors.

He, however, said the agency cannot provide credible assurance about, what he called, the absence of any undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran.

The agency 'remains ready to accelerate the resolution of all outstanding issues,' Amano said. 'This can be realized by increased cooperation by Iran and by timely provision of access to all relevant information, documentation, sites material and personnel in Iran.'

Iran has time and again said all its past and present nuclear activities have been peaceful.

Last month, Amano said a potential deal between Iran and international powers on Tehran's nuclear program should grant the agency a right to inspect the country's military sites.

Iran and a group of international powers known as P5+1 - Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany – are working to reach a final deal on Tehran's nuclear program by the end of June. The two sides reached a mutual understanding in April, which set the general guidelines for the final deal.

Iran, however, has unequivocally ruled out giving access to its military sites.

Senior members of the Iranian negotiating team, including Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, have also denied that Iran's acceptance of the Additional Protocol to the IAEA Safeguards Agreement could enable the IAEA to inspect the military sites, saying it only provides the body with "managed access" to Iran's non-nuclear sites.

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