Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Iran-IAEA Reached Agreement on Probing Suspected Sites

The Agreement Will Be Signed Soon – IAEA Director

IAEA Director Yukiya Amano announced today that an agreement in principle has been reached with Iran on probing suspected work on nuclear weapons and the agreement will be signed soon. Details still need to be worked out, but the Iranians have assured Amano that those details will not stand in the way of signing the deal. Amano spoke to reporters today after returning from Tehran [AP, 22 May 2012].

UPDATE: The U.S. State Department said although the Amano agreement was a “step forward” but Iran would be judged on actions leading to tangible results.

“The announcement of the deal is one thing, but the implementation is what we’re going to be looking for,” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. The U.S. wants “access to all of the locations, the documents and the personnel that the IAEA requires in order to determine whether Iran’s program is exclusively for peaceful purposes,” she added.

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