VIENNA (Reuters) – A U.S. security institute published new satellite imagery on Wednesday which it said appeared to show further activity to clean up an Iranian military site which the U.N. nuclear watchdog wants to inspect, including removing earth.
Parchin, which Iran says is a conventional military complex, is at the center of Western allegations that Iran has conducted experiments – possibly a decade ago – that could help develop atom bombs. Iran denies any such ambition.
VIENNA (Reuters) – A former Iranian negotiator dismissed on Friday as “diamonds for peanuts” a proposal by world powers that Tehran halts higher-grade uranium enrichment and closes an underground nuclear site in exchange for reactor fuel and civil aviation parts.
Hossein Mousavian, now a visiting scholar at Princeton University in the United States, said he did not believe Iran would accept the offer when the two sides hold a new round of talks in Moscow next week.
VIENNA (Reuters) – The United Nations’ nuclear agency is significantly underfunded, a think-tank said on Wednesday, warning the shortfall risked limiting its ability to identify covert atomic activity that might have a military dimension.
The report, issued by a Canadian think-tank, described the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a “veritable bargain for international peace and security,” but said the Vienna-based agency needed to be reformed and better financed.
By Fredrik Dahl
(Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog said it made no progress in talks with Iran on Friday to seal a deal on resuming a long-stalled investigation into suspected nuclear weapons research by Tehran and it called the outcome “disappointing”.
Herman Nackaerts, global head of inspections for the International Atomic Energy Agency, said after the eight-hour meeting at IAEA headquarters in Vienna that no date for further talks on the matter had been set.
VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog and Iran began a new round of talks on Friday in an attempt to seal a framework deal to resume a long-stalled probe into nuclear research in the Islamic state.
The United States, European powers and Israel are anxious to curb Iranian nuclear work they suspect is intended to produce bombs. Tehran says the aims of its research programme are purely civilian.
By Ian Campbell
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.
A lifeless UK, royal party aside? Yes, unfortunately. The Bank of England did not give the economy a shot more adrenalin on Thursday. Yet the third round of quantitative easing is still likely to come before the end of summer. The question is how much good QE3 would do. If action is needed to enliven the UK – and that remains arguable – it’s probably time for the government to be taking it.
VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog will press Iran on Friday for a deal that would enable its inspectors to visit a military complex where they suspect atom bomb research has taken place, but Western diplomats are skeptical a breakthrough will be reached.
World powers will be watching the IAEA-Iran meeting in Vienna closely to judge whether the Islamic Republic is ready to make concessions before its broader talks with them later this month in Moscow on their decade-old nuclear dispute.
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.
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.
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.