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Iran agrees to clarify nuclear questions

world Updated: Aug 28, 2007 10:25 IST
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Iran has agreed to resolve outstanding questions about its nuclear programme, the International Atomic Energy Agency said as it released details of an accord reached with Iran after several rounds of negotiations over the past months.

In a document submitted to the Vienna-based nuclear watchdog and listing the understandings reached between Iran and the IAEA in a series of talks over the past months, Iran claims to have resolved questions about its programme.

Iran wrote in the five-page document posted on the IAEA's website Monday that a timeline was agreed upon for resolving questions regarding Iran's P1-P2 centrifuges. Iran also said it had agreed to cooperate regarding a document found by IAEA inspectors that detailed technology employed in weapons design and further outstanding issues once the other files were closed.

Iran said in the report that the sensitive chapter of Iran's past plutonium experiments was closed.

"On 20 August 2007 the Agency stated that earlier statements made by Iran are consistent with the Agency's findings, and thus this matter is resolved," Iran said, adding that it expected the IAEA to publicly announce the development in an upcoming report.

In a round of talks in July, Iran and the IAEA agreed on cooperation regarding safeguarding the uranium enrichment plant at Natanz, inspections of the heavy water reactor under construction at Arak and the designation of new inspectors.

Iran made clear that it regarded these rounds of questions final. "This means that after receiving the questions, no other questions are left," the country said in the report. "Iran will provide the Agency with the required clarifications and information."

Iran stressed that "these modalities cover all remaining issues and the Agency confirmed that there are no other remaining issues and ambiguities regarding Iran's past nuclear programme and activities."

Iran had been under IAEA scrutiny since 2003, when information about a clandestine nuclear programme was uncovered by Iranian dissidents. The US accuses Teheran of secretly pursuing nuclear weapons capability, while Iran maintains its efforts are solely geared towards energy production.