Iran re­jects as­sess­ment by UN nu­clear agency

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

VI­ENNA — Iran has re­jected an as­sess­ment by the UN nu­clear agency that it did past work on nu­clear arms but is prais­ing some aspects of the agency’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the is­sue, re­flect­ing sat­is­fac­tion that the more than decade-long probe has ended. Clo­sure of the file means that some ques­tions about the al­leged weapons work may never be re­solved. Be­fore the 35-na­tion board of the UN’s In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency adopted a res­o­lu­tion last month end­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano told the meet­ing that his in­ves­ti­ga­tion couldn’t “re­con­struct all the de­tails of ac­tiv­i­ties con­ducted by Iran in the past.’’ But both Iran and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity are ea­ger to put the is­sue be­hind them in or­der to be able to im­ple­ment a land­mark nu­clear deal that com­mits Tehran to sig­nif­i­cant lim­its on its nu­clear ac­tiv­i­ties for over a decade in ex­change for re­lief from crip­pling eco­nomic sanc­tions. Im­ple­men­ta­tion day will come once the UN’s In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency cer­ti­fies that Iran has ful­filled its com­mit­ments, and di­plo­mats on Mon­day told The As­so­ci­ated Press that could hap­pen within a week. The of­fi­cials spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they weren’t au­tho­rized to com­ment on the process. Iran’s Fars news agency re­ported a key step to­ward that goal, say­ing that tech­ni­cians have dis­man­tled the core of the Arak heavy wa­ter re­ac­tor on Mon­day and filled it with con­crete.

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