U.S. plays down some concerns that Iran hasn’t done enough to answer IAEA questions
The Obama administration Sunday began implementing its landmark nuclear agreement with Iran with an eye toward lifting of the expansive sanctions imposed on Tehran over the past decade.
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But concerns over the terms of the deal continued to grow after senior administration officials over the weekend downplayed the importance of a United Nations investigation into whether Tehran has attempted to secretly develop the technologies needed to build atomic weapons.
Iranian President Hassan Rowhani, right, greets IAEA
chief Yukiya Amano. Photo: European Pressphoto Agency
The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, is committed under the deal to release a report by year-end about the status of Iran’s alleged weaponization work. But U.S. officials over the weekend said the IAEA report would have no bearing on moves by the international community to lift sanctions on Tehran.
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“That final assessment, which the IAEA is aiming to complete by December 15th, is not a prerequisite for implementation day,” a senior U.S. official said Saturday. “We are not in a position to evaluate the quality, as you say, of the data. That is between Iran and the IAEA.”“We are not in a position to evaluate the quality, as you say, of the data. That is between Iran and the IAEA.”
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