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IAEA Chief, Iranian Officials Work to Resolve Nuclear Issues

Source: VOA

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano (L) meets Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani in Tehran on Thursday July 2, 2015.

The head of the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog met with Iranian officials Thursday in Tehran in the latest effort to resolve long-standing questions about the country's nuclear program.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano held talks with the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, and was also due to meet with President Hassan Rouhani.

The IAEA said the officials were due to discuss how to more quickly resolve outstanding issues, including "clarification of possible military dimensions" of Iran's nuclear activity.

Iran has long denied working to develop nuclear weapons and said the allegations are linked to faulty intelligence from the United States and Israel.

Military site inspection

The IAEA has tried for years to get answers in its probe, including having U.N. inspectors visit the Parchin military site but has faced resistance from Iran.

The meetings in Tehran come as negotiators from Iran and a group that includes Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany work in Vienna toward a comprehensive agreement that would limit Iran's nuclear activity in exchange for sanctions relief.

The two sides agreed on a framework deal in April and were supposed to have a Tuesday deadline for the final agreement, but with several roadblocks still remaining, they decided to continue negotiations.

The differences are believed to be issues involving access for inspectors and the pace at which sanctions would be lifted.

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