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Jun 6, 2012

Iran spars with West before nuclear talks

VIENNA/DUBAI, June 6 (Reuters) – Iran questioned world
powers’ readiness for negotiations over its disputed nuclear
programme and accused the U.N. watchdog on Wednesday of behaving
like a Western-manipulated intelligence agency, keeping up its
sparring ahead of talks in Moscow.

Iranian media said Tehran had written twice to Britain,
France, Russia, China, the United States and Germany – otherwise
known as the P5+1 – seeking preparatory meetings before the
talks due on June 18, but had yet to hear back.

Jun 6, 2012

Iran criticizes IAEA, but hopes for nuclear deal

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran accused the U.N. nuclear watchdog on Wednesday of behaving like a Western-manipulated intelligence agency but still expressed hope of reaching a deal to resume a stalled probe into Tehran’s disputed nuclear activities.

Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh spoke two days before he is due to meet senior officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The U.N. agency aims to seal a framework agreement that would unblock its investigation into suspected atomic bomb research in the Islamic state.

Jun 5, 2012

Iran hopeful on atomic talks if “rights” respected

VIENNA/DUBAI (Reuters) – If the world recognizes Iran’s “nuclear rights”, negotiations aimed at easing a standoff with the West later this month could have a positive outcome, an adviser to Iran’s supreme leader was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

But Washington said Iran had to move first to make its nuclear work compatible with international law and demanded it let U.N. inspectors into a military site that the West believes has been used for weapons-related nuclear research.

Jun 4, 2012

IAEA sees demolition at Iran site, new talks set

VIENNA (Reuters) – Satellite images indicate that buildings are being demolished and soil removed at Parchin, an Iranian military site the U.N. nuclear watchdog wants to visit, its chief said on Monday.

Yukiya Amano’s comments will reinforce Western diplomats’ suspicions that Iran is trying to remove any incriminating evidence from the Parchin facility before possibly granting the International Atomic Energy Agency access.

Jun 4, 2012

IAEA sees “demolishing” of buildings at Iran site

VIENNA (Reuters) – Satellite images indicate that buildings are being demolished and soil removed at Parchin, an Iranian military site the U.N. nuclear watchdog wants to visit, its chief said on Monday.

Yukiya Amano’s comments will reinforce Western diplomats’ suspicions that Iran is trying to remove any incriminating evidence from the Parchin facility before possibly granting the International Atomic Energy Agency access.

Jun 4, 2012

IAEA, Iran to hold nuclear talks on June 8

VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. atomic watchdog and Iran will hold a new round of talks this week to try to reach an agreement to resume a long-stalled investigation into suspected nuclear weapons research in the Islamic Republic, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said on Monday.

Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, made a rare visit to Tehran two weeks ago and said when he returned to Vienna that he expected a framework cooperation deal to be signed soon with Iran.

Jun 1, 2012

Buildings at Iran site “razed”: think-tank

VIENNA (Reuters) – A U.S. think-tank has published satellite images which it says underscore suspicions that Iran is trying to destroy evidence of possible nuclear weapons-related research at a site that U.N. inspectors have not been allowed to visit.

The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) posted the pictures on its website hours after the U.N. nuclear watchdog showed diplomats similar images that western envoys said indicated a clean-up at the Parchin military facility.

May 31, 2012

Buildings at Iran military site “razed” – U.S. think-tank

VIENNA (Reuters) – A U.S. think-tank has published satellite images which it says underscore suspicions that Iran is trying to destroy evidence of possible nuclear weapons-related research at a site that U.N. inspectors have not been allowed to visit.

The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) posted the pictures on its website hours after the U.N. nuclear watchdog showed diplomats similar images that western envoys said indicated a clean-up at the Parchin military facility.

May 31, 2012

Iran site buildings “completely razed”: U.S. think-tank

VIENNA (Reuters) – A U.S. security institute has published satellite images which it said increased concerns that Iran was trying to “destroy evidence” of suspected past research relevant for developing a nuclear weapons capability, a charge Tehran dismisses.

The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) posted them on its website hours after diplomats said the U.N. atomic watchdog showed what appeared to be similar imagery at a closed-door briefing in Vienna.

May 30, 2012

Image shows clean-up work undertaken at Iran military site: diplomats

VIENNA (Reuters) – U.N. nuclear inspectors showed new satellite imagery on Wednesday indicating that two side buildings had been dismantled and other possible clean-up work undertaken at an Iranian military site they want to visit, Western diplomats said.

One image from May 25 showed signs that “ground-scraping activities” had taken place at the Parchin facility as well as the presence of bulldozers, according to diplomats who attended a closed-door briefing by U.N. nuclear agency officials.