Nu­clear watchdog of­fi­cial: Ver­i­fi­ca­tion re­port on Iran could be ready in months

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD - BY KAREN DEYOUNG AND CAROL MORELLO dey­oungk@wash­ carol.morello@wash­

VI­ENNA — The head of the in­ter­na­tional nu­clear watchdog group — a day af­ter re­turn­ing from Tehran — said Satur­day that a re­port doc­u­ment­ing Iran’s past nu­clear ac­tiv­i­ties could be com­pleted by the end of the year.

The re­port is a key part of the agree­ment be­ing ne­go­ti­ated here be­tween Iran and the United States and other world pow­ers. Although some crit­ics of the po­ten­tial ac­cord have said Iran must spec­ify its “pos­si­ble mil­i­tary di­men­sions” as part of a fi­nal deal, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has in­di­cated it would be sat­is­fied with what­ever ar­range­ment is reached be­tween Tehran and the In­ter­na­tional Atomic Energy Agency.

“Once an agree­ment on the joint com­pre­hen­sive plan of ac­tion” is reached, IAEA Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Yukiya Amano said, “the IAEA is ready to im­ple­ment the nu­clear-re­lated el­e­ments when re­quested.”

The state­ment by Amano, who met Thurs­day with Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani, came amid re­ports that ex­pert teams of ne­go­tia­tors have agreed on key parts of the ac­cord, in­clud­ing sanc­tions re­lief for Iran.

Ver­i­fi­ca­tion is­sues have been com­pli­cated by public state­ments in which Iran has re­peat­edly said in­spec­tors will not be al­lowed to visit Ira­nian mil­i­tary fa­cil­i­ties or to in­ter­view nu­clear sci­en­tists.

Amano said that “progress ... on the way for­ward” was made in his meet­ing with Rouhani. In­spec­tion of mil­i­tary fa­cil­i­ties is con­sid­ered key to de­ter­min­ing not only whether Iran is try­ing to cheat on a deal, but also the ex­tent of its pre­vi­ous work on a nu­clear weapon. Iran de­nies that its nu­clear pro­gram has been for any pur­pose other than energy pro­duc­tion.

Shortly af­ter Amano’s com­ments, a se­nior Ira­nian of­fi­cial in Tehran re­peated that mil­i­tary vis­its and sci­en­tist in­ter­views would not be per­mit­ted.

“Our red lines in­clude per­mis­sion for vis­it­ing the mil­i­tary cen­ters and in­ter­view[s] with nu­clear sci­en­tists as well as the points ex­plic­itly stated by Supreme Leader of the Is­lamic Revo­lu­tion,” Ay­a­tol­lah Seyed Ali Khameinei, Alaed­din Borou­jerdi, chair­man of the par­lia­men­tary na­tional se­cu­rity com­mis­sion, told Iran’s Fars News agency Satur­day.

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