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IAEA to Close Iranian Nuclear Weapons Probe

Source: VOA

The U.N.'s nuclear watchdog is expected Tuesday to officially close its more than decade-old investigation into allegations that Iran once worked to develop nuclear weapons.

FILE - Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano (L), of Japan with the director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi

International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano presented his final report on the matter to the IAEA board saying it gave clear answers to whether Iran worked toward nuclear arms.

"While it was not possible for the agency to reconstruct all the details of activities conducted by Iran in the past, we were able to clarify enough elements to provide an assessment of the whole picture," Amano told the board.

He said the conclusion was that Iran carried out "a range of activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device," mostly before 2003. He said those activities did not get beyond scientific studies and acquiring "certain relevant technical competencies and capabilities."

Amano was expected to speak to reporters after the board concluded its meeting.

Iran has long insisted its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes and not directed at creating weapons.

Amano's report is part of a roadmap agreed to in July to resolve any outstanding questions in the long-stalled probe that included the IAEA's repeated complaints that Iran was not providing proper access to various sites.

Iran reached an agreement with the United States, Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany to curb its nuclear activity in exchange for much needed sanctions relief. Part of that deal is the IAEA ending its investigation and certifying Iran's cooperation before the sanctions placed on Tehran because of its alleged nuclear activity will be lifted.

Amano closed his statement Tuesday urging both sides of the international agreement to fully implement their commitments.

"Significant progress has been made on the Iran nuclear issue, but now is not the time to relax," he said. "This issue has a long and complex history, and the legacy of mistrust between Iran and the international community must be overcome."

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