Iran accepts IAEA visit to end investigation of uranium particles

Iran accepts IAEA visit to end investigation of uranium particles

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran has agreed to host the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) this month to study uranium particles found at three sites, according to an IAEA report consulted by Reuters on Thursday.

The deal comes ahead of next week’s quarterly meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors, where diplomats are awaiting pressure for a resolution calling for Iran to cooperate, which Tehran broadly opposes.

Iran has not yet provided any new information on this file.

“The agency reiterated to Iran that it expects to receive technically credible explanations from Iran on these issues at this meeting, including access to sites and equipment and the taking of samples, if necessary,” according to one of two confidential IAEA Reports sent to member states on Thursday before the meeting.

The issue of unexplained uranium particles has become a stumbling block in broader talks aiming to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, with Tehran now trying to end the IAEA investigation as part of those negotiations.

(Report by Francois Murphy; French version Kate Entringer, edited by Sophie Louet)

Reference: www.challenges.fr

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