A meeting earlier this week between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over the disclosure of Iran’s past nuclear research and capabilities ended with no breakthrough, Reuters reported Thursday, contradicting the claim of Iran’s ambassador to the IAEA that they had “found solutions” to the problems discussed.
The U.N. nuclear watchdog said it had a “constructive exchange” with Iran this week but there was no sign of a breakthrough on aspects of its nuclear program that the agency says Tehran has failed to fully address. …
The IAEA said in March it expected progress with Iran this month on outstanding issues related to the nature of neutron calculations and alleged experiments on explosives that could be used to develop an atomic device.
It said then it expected Iran to propose new measures to address other outstanding issues with the IAEA by mid-April.
According to Iran’s official IRNA news agency, the topics discussed were neutron calculations and a large explosion in the city of Marivan. IRNA cited an Iranian official who claimed that the “questions raised by the agency [IAEA] about Tehran’s nuclear program are based on allegations made by enemies of Iran.”
Reuters reported that Iran’s envoy to the IAEA did not respond to e-mails from the news organization.
The envoy, Reza Najafi, did talk to IRNA, claiming that “Iran and the IAEA had found solutions for the remaining issues.”
The statement from the IAEA, though, stated that the talks with Iran would continue sometime “in the near future” and made no mention of Iran answering the agency’s questions.
The diverging accounts of the latest meeting between Iran and the IAEA recalls Iran’s behavior following the understanding about a nuclear deal announced earlier this month in Lausanne, Switzerland. Last week, Iranian foreign minister and lead nuclear negotiator Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran would not allow cameras at any of its nuclear sites and planned to start using advanced centrifuges as soon as a nuclear deal was signed. Iran’s defense minister, Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehghan, said that military sites would be off limits to inspectors. All of these claims contradicted the American fact sheet of the understandings reached in Lausanne.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was more direct, claiming that the White House was lying and that the American fact sheet was “contrary to what was agreed.” A competing “fact sheet” put out by Iran this week in conformance with Khamenei’s demands rendered all of the American understandings meaningless, and would give Iran an even quicker path to a nuclear bomb.
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