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Nuclear agency urges Iran to explain uranium particles at undeclared site

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:49 PM

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says its inspectors had 'detected natural uranium particles of anthropogenic origin at a location in Iran not declared to the agency'

IRAN AND THE IAEA. Kazem Gharib Abadi, Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), attends the IAEA Board of Governors meeting at the agency's headquarters in Vienna, Austria on November 21, 2019. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Iran hopes new United Nations nuclear chief will act 'neutrally'

Oct 31, 2019 - 4:56 PM

Iran hopes that during Grossi's tenure, the IAEA 'can neutrally and professionally undertake its international responsibilities and sensitive missions,' foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi says

RAFAEL GROSSI. Rafael Mariano Grossi, Argentina's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is pictured during an AFP interview in Vienna, Austria on September 20, 2019. Photo by Joe Klamar /AFP

Argentina's Grossi elected head of U.N.'s nuclear watchdog

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:05 PM

The election of Rafael Grossi, Argentina's ambassador to the IAEA, comes at a critical time for the Vienna-based agency as Iran is decreasing its commitments under the 2015 landmark deal

GROSSI. Rafael Mariano Grossi, Argentina's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, is pictured during an AFP interview in Vienna, Austria on September 20, 2019. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Atomic watchdog chief in Iran for high-level talks

Sep 08, 2019 - 3:01 PM

The International Atomic Energy Agency official's visit comes a day after Iran announced its latest step in reducing its commitments to a 2015 nuclear deal

Iran to unveil details on nuclear commitment cuts

Sep 06, 2019 - 9:28 AM

Iran's atomic energy organization is set to announce Tehran's third round of cuts in its nuclear commitments since May

NOT LEAVING. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on May 6, 2018 shows President Hassan Rouhani giving a speech during a rally in the northwestern city of Sabzevar. Photo courtesy of Iranian Presidency/AFP

U.N. nuclear watchdog names interim chief

Jul 25, 2019 - 8:29 PM

The race to succeed Yukiya Amano on a permanent basis will be particularly keenly watched given heightened international tensions over Iran's nuclear activities

HALF MAST. A picture taken on July 25, 2019 shows a half mast flag in front of the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria following the death of its director general. Photo by Alex Halada/AFP

United Nations nuclear watchdog chief Amano dies at 72

Jul 22, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The longtime Japanese diplomat, who was 72, holds the International Atomic Energy Agency's top job and has done so since December 2009

YUKIYA AMANO. A picture taken on June 2, 2014 shows Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), delivering a speech during the IAEA Board of Governors' meeting at the International Center in Vienna. File photo by Samuel Kubani/AFP

IAEA to hold special meeting on Iran

Jul 06, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Tehran breaches the limit of 300kg for stockpiles or enriched uranium

Abbas Araghchi (C-R), political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, and Helga Schmid (C-L), Secretary General of the European Union's External Action Service (EEAS), take part in a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) attended by the E3+2 (China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom) and Iran on June 28, 2019 at the Palais Coburg in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by ALEX HALADA / AFP)

South Korean envoy meets Kim in Pyongyang amid nuclear deadlock

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:39 PM

Special envoy Chung Eui-yong's delegation 'met with Chairman Kim Jong Un and delivered a personal letter (from Moon) and exchanged opinions,' a presidential office spokesman in Seoul says

DIPLOMATIC TRIP. Chung Eui-yong (C), head of the presidential National Security Office, Suh Hoon (2nd R), the chief of the South's National Intelligence Service, and other delegators walk to board an aircraft as they leave for Pyongyang at a military airport in Seongnam, south of Seoul, on September 5, 2018.  Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

World hails Trump-Kim summit as 'first step' to denuclearization

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:29 AM

Here are some of the main reactions so far

TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump makes a statement before saying goodbye to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un (L) after their meetings at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Susan Walsh/AFP

UN confirms Iran compliance to nuclear deal

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:49 PM

The new International Atomic Energy Agency report shows Iran s nuclear activities remain much reduced making any push to make an atomic bomb much harder than before the agreement

IAEA OVERSIGHT. A picture taken on June 2, 2014 shows Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), delivering a speech during the IAEA Board of Governors' meeting at the International Center in Vienna. Photo by Samuel Kubani/AFP

U.S. hasn't decided yet on Iran nuclear deal – IAEA

Mar 06, 2017 - 11:13 PM

The new administration of the United States just started and they are looking at this issue International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano says

YUKIYA AMANO. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) meets with International Atomic Energy Agency Director Yukiya Amano at the State Department March 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

'Indications' N. Korea has reactivated plutonium plant: UN watchdog

Jun 07, 2016 - 12:16 AM

The Un atomic watchdog says North Korea may have reactivated a plant for reprocessing plutonium for use in nuclear weapons citing satellite imagery and echoing recent comments from a US think tank

TEST. This picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 24, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting an underwater test-fire of a strategic submarine ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea on April 23, 2016. Photo by KCNA / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP

Iran complying with nuclear deal – UN watchdog

Feb 27, 2016 - 10:51 AM

As agreed Iran has not pursued the construction of the existing Arak heavy water research reactor and has not enriched uranium above low levels

NUCLEAR DEAL. Throughout the 12-year standoff that preceded the deal, Iran has always denied wanting nuclear weapons, saying its activities are exclusively for peaceful purposes such as power generation. File photo by Majid Asgaripour/Mehr News/AFP

Irradiated mosquitoes to help zap Zika's power – scientists

Feb 20, 2016 - 2:57 PM

Scientists say that by zapping male mosquitos private parts with a radioactive source they can reduce the population of the Aedes aegypti

IRRADIATE. Scientists use a radiation to render male mosquitos sterile as a possible technique to combat the Zika virus. Photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

Iran nuclear deal goes into force, sanctions lifted

Jan 17, 2016 - 8:35 AM

Implementation Day for the accord comes after the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA says its inspectors on the ground verified that Iran has carried out all measures agreed under the deal

NEW DAY. Iranian women walk in a street of the capital of Tehran, Iran, January 16, 2016. Abedin Takehenareh/EPA

Iran says reactor core removed in key step for deal

Jan 14, 2016 - 10:33 PM

Part of the Arak heavy water reactor is filled with cement a measure which means the reactor will not be able to produce weapons grade plutonium from spent nuclear fuel

ARAK REACTOR. A file photograph dated 15 January 2011 shows a general view of the Iran's heavy water reactor in the city of Arak, Iran. File Photo by Hamid Forutan/EPA

West prepares to end sanctions as Iran deal adopted

Oct 19, 2015 - 9:49 AM

The next stage in the process – implementation day – will only come when UN nuclear watchdog the IAEA confirms Iran has dramatically scaled back its nuclear program

A file photograph showing an general view of the nuclear power plant in Bushehr, Iran, on August 20, 2010. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

White House clinches support for Iran nuclear deal

Sep 02, 2015 - 11:11 PM

UPDATED Many Republicans warn that Iran will seek to cheat its way to an atomic bomb

File photo by Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP

Obama warns rejecting Iran deal would spell war

Aug 06, 2015 - 7:57 AM

Casting it as the most consequential foreign policy debate since the Iraq War Obama says Congress must not waver under pressure from critics whom history had already proven wrong

WARNING. US President Barack Obama delivers a speech on the nuclear deal with Iran, at American University's School of International Service, in Washington DC, USA, August 5, 2015. Pete Marovich/Pool/EPA

Obama hails Iran deal in speech to US veterans

Jul 22, 2015 - 9:34 AM

US President Barack Obama says hardheaded diplomacy with Iran could avoid the kind of unnecessary wars for which they paid the price

DEFENDING THE DEAL. US President Barack Obama speaks at the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention (VFW) at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, July 21, 2015. Justin Berl/EPA

UN endorses Iran deal, paves way to lift sanctions

Jul 21, 2015 - 9:30 AM

It marks formal UN approval for the hard won groundbreaking agreement reached between Tehran and the 5 permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany

APPROVED. The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2231 (2015), following the historic agreement in Vienna last week on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran’s nuclear program, at the United Nations, July 20, 2015. UN Photo

Iran leader tells Rouhani 'some' world powers untrustworthy

Jul 16, 2015 - 3:29 PM

Bringing the talks to a close was a milestone Khamenei says but the agreement requires careful scrutiny before it is approved

In this file photo, next to a portrait of Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R), Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran, Iran, June 13, 2015. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Iranians celebrate nuclear deal, hail Zarif as hero

Jul 15, 2015 - 9:26 AM

We are so happy The diplomacy worked

IT'S A DEAL! Iranians hold posters of Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as they celebrate in the street of Tehran, Iran, July 14, 2015, after nuclear talks between Iran and World powers ended in Vienna, Austria. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Netanyahu says Israel not bound by Iran deal, will defend itself

Jul 14, 2015 - 11:31 PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is not bound by it and signaled he remained ready to order military action after world powers reached a historic nuclear deal with Iran

‘TRAGEDY.’ A staff member removes the Iranian flag from the stage after a group picture with foreign ministers and representatives of Unites States, Iran, China, Russia, Britain, Germany, France and the European Union during the Iran nuclear talks at Austria International Centre in Vienna, Austria on July 14, 2015. Photo by Carlos Barria / Pool / AFP

Rough ride ahead for Iran nuclear deal

Jul 14, 2015 - 10:18 PM

Getting the Iran nuclear deal unveiled was hard enough Now it must be approved implemented and then stuck to for years Get set for a bumpy ride experts warn

‘BUMPY RIDE.’ US Secretary of State John Kerry leaves the stage after a group picture with foreign ministers and representatives from China, Iran, Britain, Germany, France, and the European Union at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015. Photo by Carlos Barria / Pool / AFP

Iran agrees on roadmap for probe into past nuclear activities – IAEA

Jul 14, 2015 - 5:09 PM

International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano says ahead of the expected announcement of the historic deal with major powers that he aims to issue a report on the watchdog s investigation by December 15

IAEA INSPECTION. A file picture dated February 3, 2007 shows a technician of the International Atomic Energy Agency inspecting the site of the uranium conversion plant of Isfahan, central Iran. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Iran, major powers strike historic nuclear deal

Jul 14, 2015 - 2:34 PM

3rd UPDATE Major powers and Iran strike a historic deal aimed at ensuring Tehran does not acquire a nuclear bomb in return for relief from crippling sanctions

AT THE TABLE. US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, German Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, EU Deputy Secretary General for the External Action Service Helga Schmid, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Iran's ambassador to IAEA Ali Akbar Salehi during talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK, China, Russia, US) and Iran on its nuclear program, in Vienna, Austria, July 7, 2015. Georg Hochmuth/EPA

Signs grow Iran nuclear deal in view at last

Jul 14, 2015 - 10:24 AM

The talks have stumbled on the exact timing and pace of sanctions relief and Iran s desire to have a UN conventional arms embargo lifte

ALL-NIGHTER. An exterior view of the Palais Coburg where talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK, China, Russia, US) and Iran continue, in Vienna, Austria, 14 July 2015. Herber Neubauer/EPA

Iran nuclear talks 'near the summit'

Jul 13, 2015 - 9:41 AM

Despite optimism early Sunday that a deal would be clinched during the day the talks looked set to run into Monday July 13 the latest in a string of deadlines in 16 days of talks in the Austrian capital

STAKEOUT. Journalists, television crews and photographers wait outside of the Palais Coburg Hotel, where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held in Vienna on July 12, 2015. Joe Klamar/AFP

Major powers turn the screws for Iran nuclear deal

Jul 09, 2015 - 3:17 PM

Despite pressure and almost two weeks of talks in the Austrian capital it is unclear whether an accord aimed at ending a 13 year standoff can be sewn up at all let alone in time

STORM CLOUDS AHEAD? An exterior view of the Palais Coburg where talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK, China, Russia, US) and Iran continue, Vienna, Austria, July 8, 2015. Georg Hochmuth/EPA

'Very, very, very tough' Iran talks extended

Jul 08, 2015 - 9:02 AM

Iran and the P5 1 group effectively give themselves until Friday July 10 to agree a deal by extending the terms of a 2013 interim accord under which Iran has been curtailing its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief

AT THE TABLE. US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, German Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, EU Deputy Secretary General for the External Action Service Helga Schmid, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Iran's ambassador to IAEA Ali Akbar Salehi during talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK, China, Russia, US) and Iran on its nuclear program, in Vienna, Austria, July 7, 2015. Georg Hochmuth/EPA

Deadline in doubt in Iran talks final act

Jul 07, 2015 - 8:51 AM

Both sides say on the eve of a deadline that yet more time might be needed to strike a deal

NEGOTIATING TABLE. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (2-L), French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (4-L), Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (6-L), European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (C), US Secretary of State John Kerry (5-R), British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (4-R) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (2-R) during a photo opportunity at the Palais Coburg where talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK, China, Russia, US) and Iran on its nuclear program continue, in Vienna, Austria, 06 July 2015. Georg Hochmuth/EPA

IAEA: Iran atomic bomb probe may be completed in 2015

Jul 04, 2015 - 5:56 PM

UN watchdog chief Yukiya Amana says the completion may be attributed to Tehran s help

'CLOSER TO A DEAL.' Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (3-L), Austrian President Heinz Fischer (2-R) and Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz (3-R) sit for a meeting in Vienna, Austria, July 3, 2015. Photo by Georg Hochmuth/EPA

Iran talks in endgame inching close to nuclear deal

Jul 04, 2015 - 10:00 AM

UPDATED The aim is to finalize a deal which would put a nuclear bomb beyond Iran s reach in return for lifting a web of biting international sanctions slapped on the Islamic republic

'CLOSER TO A DEAL.' Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (3-L), Austrian President Heinz Fischer (2-R) and Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz (3-R) sit for a meeting in Vienna, Austria, July 3, 2015. Photo by Georg Hochmuth/EPA

Iran nuclear talks enter 'critical phase'

Jun 28, 2015 - 10:09 AM

Iran s deputy negotiator Abbas Araghchi suggested parts of a framework deal reached in April in Lausanne could no longer be applied because other countries had changed their positions

NEGOTIATING TABLE. US Secretary of State John Kerry (L), and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) during talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK, China, Russia, US) and Iran, in Vienna, Austria, June 27, 2015. Georg Hochmuth/EPA

Iran leader restates red lines on nuclear deal

Jun 24, 2015 - 9:13 AM

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who will have the last word for Iran in its talks with the West steps in hours after Iran s parliament passes a bill on the country s nuclear program

LOOMING LARGE. In front of the huge poster of the Iranian supreme leader Ayatolah Ali Khamenei, Iran's president Hassan Rowhani delivers his speech on the occasion of the 26th death anniversary of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, at the shrine for Khomeini in southern Tehran, Iran, June 3, 2015. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Iran asks Austria to secure nuclear talks against spying

Jun 13, 2015 - 4:16 PM

Swiss and Austrian authorities investigates the alleged spying in hotels were the nuclear talks in Iran are being held

SLOWDOWN IN PROGRESS. Talks among officials from Iran and the group of Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany on curbing Iran's controversial nuclear program resumed in Vienna on June 10. Photo by Herbert Neubauer/EPA

Russia says 'very worrying' slowdown in Iran nuclear talks

Jun 13, 2015 - 9:29 AM

This is very worrying to us because there is very little time before the deadline and we urgently need to enter the final stage says Russia s negotiator Sergei Ryabkov

SLOWDOWN IN PROGRESS. US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman (L) next to other delegate during talks between the P5+1 group and Iran at Palais Coburg in Vienna, Austria, 12 June 2015. Talks among officials from Iran and the group of Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany on curbing Iran's controversial nuclear program resumed in Vienna on June 10. Photo by Herbert Neubauer/EPA

Iran nuclear talks snag on access to military sites

May 30, 2015 - 2:59 PM

The 6 powers negotiating with Iran want the IAEA to be able to visit them in order to investigate claims of any suspicious activity – past and future – that could indicate attempts to build a bomb

IRAN PROTEST. Iranians brun mock US and Israeli flags during a demonstration after weekly Friday prayers in Tehran, Iran, May 29 2015. Photo by Abedin Taherkenareh/ EPA

Tehran talks fail to resolve UN nuclear watchdog questions

Apr 16, 2015 - 8:27 AM

Iranian diplomat: We discussed certain solutions to resolve the two outstanding questions and it was decided to wind up the discussions at the next meeting

A file picture dated 21 August 2010 shows a general view of the Iranian nuclear power plant in Bushehr, southern Iran. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

UN nuclear watchdog, Iran to hold talks on bomb probe

Apr 13, 2015 - 9:02 PM

Western officials say it is crucial for Iran to answer the International Atomic Energy Agency s long standing questions about the possible military dimensions of its activities before any sanctions can be eased

WIDE GAPS. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (2-L), the European Union's negotiator Catherine Ashton (C) and US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) sit at a conference table prior to their talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK, China, Russia, US) and Iran in Vienna, Austria, November 21, 2014. Photo by Hans Punz/EPA

UN watchdog 'seriously' worried by North Korea nuclear program

Mar 02, 2015 - 10:51 PM

Pyongyang is believed to have a stockpile of up to 16 nuclear weapons fashioned from either plutonium or weapons grade uranium

A file photo dated October 2010, then released by the North Korean Central News Agency KCNA, showing a 'Musudan' missile appearing during a military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the foundation of the Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang, North Korea. KCNA/EPA

Iran failing to provide answers – UN nuclear watchdog

Nov 08, 2014 - 11:10 AM

There is no progress basically says a diplomat familiar with the probe of the International Atomic Energy Agency

NO ANSWERS? US Secretary of State John Kerry (L), European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are photographed as they participate in a trilateral meeting in Vienna, Austria, on October 15, 2014. Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to try and advance nuclear talks and meet the target date of November 24, 2014. File photo by Carolyn Kaster/AFP

Iran hails 'constructive' talks with UN nuclear agency

Oct 09, 2014 - 10:29 PM

During these two days all the bilateral issues were discussed in particular how to carry out the agreed measures and the ways forward were discussed

Satellite pix suggest N. Korea reactor shut down – US think-tank

Oct 04, 2014 - 9:04 PM

The Washington based Institute for Science and International Security says the reason for the apparent shutdown was unclear

US urges Iran to cooperate in UN nuke probe

Sep 18, 2014 - 9:37 PM

Talks between Iran and the UN Security Council plus Germany in New York resumes this week

Iran says never agreed to Aug 25 nuclear deadine

Sep 06, 2014 - 10:38 PM

New talks between Iran and the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany are due to resume in New York on September 18

Iran failing to provide answers in nuke probe: UN

Sep 05, 2014 - 11:24 PM

Not answering the International Atomic Energy Agency s long standing questions over the allegations could harm the chances of a potentially historic deal between Iran and world powers focused on Tehran s current activities

Iran modifies Arak reactor over nuclear concerns

Aug 27, 2014 - 6:47 PM

Iran: Modification of the heart of the Arak reactor is in the process of being carried out by our experts to ease the worries of certain countries

A file photograph dated 15 January 2011 shows a general view of the Iran's heavy water reactor in the city of Arak, Iran. Hamid Forutan/EPA