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IAEA to push Iran for answers on unexplained nuclear find next week

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Vienna, Nov. 21, 2019 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is putting pressure on Iran to resolve questions about the extent of its nuclear programme, acting IAEA Chief Cornel Feruta on Thursday said.

He also announced talks on the matter in Tehran next week.

Feruta said this at a meeting of the IAEA’s governing board in Vienna.

Earlier this month, Feruta confirmed that IAEA inspectors detected uranium particles at a site in Iran that had not been officially declared as a nuclear facility.

“We have continued our interactions with Iran since then, but have not received any additional information and the matter remains unresolved,” Feruta said.

“It is essential that Iran works with the agency to resolve this matter promptly,” he added, announcing further discussions on the matter in Tehran.

The uranium traces at an empty warehouse in Tehran have raised the question of where the associated material has ended up, and whether Iran has been truthful in its interactions with international nuclear inspectors.

The issue has added to tensions over Iran’s moves to stop implementing its 2015 agreement with six major powers.

The deal was meant to curb production of potential nuclear weapons material such as uranium, in return for sanctions relief.

Tehran’s gradual exit was prompted by the United States’ decision in 2018 to pull out of the pact and to revive sanctions.

Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China have been unable to compensate Washington’s punitive measures.

Edited by Fatima Sule/Felix Ajide (NAN)

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