Iran held talks with the U.N. nuclear watchdog on Sunday about its investigation into suspicions that Tehran has conducted atomic bomb research, and is still committed to implementing agreed transparency measures, official media reported on Monday.
Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Reza Najafi, appeared to acknowledge, however, that Tehran had missed a deadline of Aug.25 to meet five requests from the International Atomic Energy Agency about its nuclear program.
“Iran is in the process of implementing the five agreed steps,” the official IRNA news agency quoted him as saying.
Diplomats in Vienna told Reuters last week that Iran had apparently failed to meet the target date, but said contacts were continuing.
Western officials say addressing the IAEA’s concerns is vital for Iran to have any chance of success in parallel negotiations to end a decade-old nuclear standoff with the West.
Iran’s Press TV website said Iranian and IAEA experts had met in Tehran on Sunday. Najafi said they had exchanged information in “serious” discussions that would continue soon, IRNA reported.
Diplomats in Vienna said they had heard about the IAEA’s visit to Tehran, but had no details so far. The IAEA itself declined to comment, suggesting any information would be included in its quarterly report on Iran, expected this week.
The Vienna-based U.N. agency has for years been investigating intelligence suggesting Iran has carried out experiments and other activities that could be used to develop nuclear weapons.
Iran says its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful, but Western countries fear its real aim is to develop a weapons capability, and have imposed economic sanctions.
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