IAEA: Iran nuclear deal 'implemented as planned'

IAEA said uranium enrichment to medium levels in Iran, a main concern for the west, 'is no longer taking place'

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A historic nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers is being implemented according to plans, but several outstanding issues regarding Tehran’s atomic activities are yet to be resolved, the U.N. nuclear chief said on Monday.

"The measures implemented by Iran, and the further commitments it has undertaken, represent a positive step forward, but much remains to be done to resolve all outstanding issues," Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told a meeting of the IAEA's 35-nation governing board, Agence France-Presse reported.

The U.N. official also said the IAEA was still 1.6 million euros short of the funds it needed for its extra work in verifying that Iran is carrying out its part of the deal agreed last November.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said negotiations were “going well,” on Thursday.

"I'm hoping by the first deadline (July 20) we will reach an agreement," Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said on Sunday.

Rowhani confirmed that despite "thousands of hours" of inspection, the U.N.’s atomic watchdog failed to find evidence of military objectives in Iran's nuclear drive.

The IAEA said Iran was sticking to the agreed nuclear freeze in a report that came out a month after enforcing the deal. It added that uranium enrichment to medium levels “is no longer taking place.”

Iran will hold expert-level talks with several international powers on the sidelines of the IAEA’s Board of Governors second official meeting this year.

International powers including the UK, China, France, Russia, the U.S. and Germany have been seeking to reach a lasting agreement relieve Western concerns on Iran’s nuclear activities which are suspected to have military purposes.

Iran insists that its nuclear program has no such objectives.

(With AFP)

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