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IAEA starts probe on possible military dimension of Iran's nuclear program

English.news.cn   2014-02-10 21:38:39

VIENNA, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- The UN nuclear watchdog has just started investigation into the possible military dimension of Iran's nuclear program, the head of the safeguard department of the agency said on Monday.

Speaking to reporters at the Vienna airport, Tero Varjoranta, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) deputy director general and the head of the safeguard department, said the agency has just taken the first step to investigate the long-time suspected possible military dimension of Tehran's nuclear program, regarding to the progress made in the talks with Tehran last Saturday and Sunday.

Iran and the IAEA made a joint statement on last Sunday, including seven practical measures to be implemented by Tehran by May 15 to promote the investigation of the Iran's nuclear program.

"so far everything has gone as plan," he told reporters, regarding agreement between both sides signed last November, but he emphasized it was the beginning of the cooperation of the two sides to resolve the unclarified past issues.

"There are still a lot of outstanding issues," he added, indicating there would be still a long way to go to resolve the outstanding issues.

When asked if the mutual trust between the two sides has been improved, Varjoranta said "this things takes time."

The agency suspects Iran might carry out nuclear weapon research under cover of civilian-use nuclear program, which Tehran denies, saying the intelligence the UN nuclear watchdog got were misleading and forged.

The mistrust of both sides doesn't seem to be healed in a short-term cooperation.

According to the statement the two sides made in Tehran last Sunday, Iran would give the agency wider access to Tehran's nuclear plan, and more information would be also provided to the agency.

The progress is supposed to be a favorable factor for the upcoming talks in the capital city of Austria between Iran and the world's six major states on Feb. 18, namely the five UN Security Council permanent members plus Germany, as the two diplomatic tracks are closely linked together.

However, one of the most controversial issues of Tehran's atomic program, the Parchin military site, where was alleged to carry out explosive test relevant to nuclear weapon program, was not included in the agreed seven practical measures.

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