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U.S. to ensure nuclear body has enough money for Iran work

The U.N. nuclear watchdog has asked its member states to step up financial contributions for its monitoring activities in Iran

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The United States said on Tuesday it will make sure the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has enough money to report on Iran's past, present and future nuclear programs.

The U.N. nuclear watchdog has asked its member states to step up financial contributions for its monitoring activities in Iran which are set to widen after Tehran reached a deal with world powers in July to curb its atomic program.

"The United States is committed to working with all (IAEA) member states to ensure the agency has the resources it needs to verify Iran's nuclear-related commitments under the (July 14 agreement)," the U.S. mission in Vienna said in a statement.

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The U.N. atomic watchdog chief sought Tuesday to ease concerns in the United States about its investigation into Iran's alleged past nuclear activities following July's landmark deal with major powers.



"The arrangements made with Iran are technically sound and consistent with IAEA safeguards practices. They do not compromise our standards in any way," International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said at a meeting in Vienna.

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Under the July 14 Vienna agreement aimed at ending a 13-year standoff, Iran will dramatically reduce in scale its nuclear activities in order to make any dash to make atomic weapons all but impossible.

It will be up to the IAEA, which already has up to 10 inspectors in Iran every day, to verify that Iran sticks to its commitments and does not divert material to any covert nuclear weapons drive.

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