UN nuclear watchdog agency still unable to access Perchin site in Iran

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IAEA Board of Governors. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)

The UN nuclear watchdog agency cannot conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is for peaceful purposes, and it is still unable to gain access to the Parchin military site.

That's what Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told the agency's Board of Governors in Vienna, on Monday.

He said that as detailed in his report, Iran has recently begun installing more advanced centrifuges at the Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant.

"On the structured approach, the Agency and Iran have had three rounds of talks since November 2012. However, it has not been possible to reach agreement. Access to the Parchin site has not been granted. I am therefore, once again, unable to report any progress on the clarification of outstanding issues, including those relating to possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programme." (31")

Dr. Amano said the IAEA remains committed to engaging in constructive dialogue with Iran in order to resolve all outstanding issues.

He stressed that negotiations "must proceed with a sense of urgency and a focus on achieving concrete results in the near term."

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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