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U.N.nuclear chief says Iran needs to address concerns

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The U.N. nuclear agency chief told Iran on Monday it was "essential and urgent" for it to engage with inspectors on their concerns about suspected Iranian nuclear bomb research and to provide access to a key military site.

Yukiya Amano was addressing a session of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s 35-nation board, the first since the relatively moderate elected Iranian president Hassan Rouhani took office in August, Reuters news agency reported.

Amano, director general of the IAEA said the agency was committed to working constructively with Rouhani's government to "resolve outstanding issues by diplomatic means."

The agency's latest regular report on Iran last month showed, yet again, that Tehran is defiantly expanding its activities despite a string of U.N. Security Council and IAEA board resolutions demanding a suspension reported AFP news agency.

Several rounds of U.N. sanctions, supported not only by the West but also by Russia and China and others, have been imposed on Iran. Additional EU and U.S. restrictions last year began targeting its oil sector and banks.

(With Reuters and AFP)