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IAEA refuses to comment on whether Iran meets deadline

English.news.cn   2014-05-16 06:42:35

VIENNA, May 15 (Xinhua) -- The UN nuclear watchdog on Thursday refused to say whether Iran has met a May 15 deadline for starting to address suspicions that Tehran might have conducted nuclear weapon research.

Under the deal agreed last November between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a milestone of the agency's inspection of Iranian atomic plan, Iran would implement seven transparency steps by May 15 to address the West's concern over its nuclear program.

One of the seven practical steps Iran promised to undertake was to provide the detonators information in its atomic plan, which could be used to set off a nuclear explosive device. It has been seen as the most sensitive step of the seven.

The spokesperson of IAEA told Xinhua on Thursday that the agency would provide its member states information of Iran's implementation of the seven steps in a confidential report next week. However, she refused to make any comments on the issue.

Iran says its nuclear plan is peaceful and denies Western allegations that it has been seeking to develop nuclear weapons.

There was no sign that the issue regarding Iran's offering its information of the dual use detonators was resolved at a meeting between Iran and IAEA on Monday.

After the meeting, IAEA noted that Tehran had taken several actions but that "some related work continues".

The talks between Iran and IAEA are separated from the negotiation between Tehran and six major states (United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia), which aimed at reaching a comprehensive agreement to resolve the decades-long standoff by July 20.

Editor: yan
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