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No assurance all of Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful: UN

International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano spoke on Thursday to the IAEA’s 35-nation board.

world Updated: Nov 26, 2015 19:03 IST
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Iranian workers stand in front of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in this file photo.(Reuters)

Iran is reducing its nuclear activities under a deal with six world powers, but a senior UN official says he cannot guarantee that everything it is doing is peaceful.

International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano spoke on Thursday to the IAEA’s 35-nation board.

Amano says he is “not in a position to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran,” and thus cannot conclude that “all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.”

His comments reflect IAEA constraints on monitoring Iran. But Amano said Tehran will soon enact an agreement giving his agency greater inspection powers

Iran says it does not want nuclear arms but has committed to nuclear program cuts under a deal, in return for the removal of crippling economic sanctions.