UN nuclear chief to visit Iran before probe deadline

Aug 17 2014, 01:23 IST
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SummaryUN nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano will visit Iran on Sunday in an apparent...

UN nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano will visit Iran on Sunday in an apparent attempt to push for progress in a long-running investigation into suspected atomic bomb research by Tehran.

Amano’s trip comes ahead of an August 25 deadline for Iran to provide some information relevant to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s inquiry into what it calls the possible military dimensions of the country’s disputed nuclear programme. Iran dismisses western accusations that it has been working to develop a capability to assemble atomic weapons.

The visit—announced by the IAEA on Friday—will be Amano’s first to Iran this year and the third since 2012.

Western officials say Iranian clarifications of the IAEA’s concerns would also advance efforts by six world powers to negotiate an end to a decade-old standoff over Tehran’s atomic activities, suggesting some sanctions relief may depend on it.

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