VIENNA, Austria – Iran has failed to meet a deadline to provide answers about its nuclear weapons program, the UN atomic watchdog said Friday, September 5, in a report seen by Agence France-Presse.
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.
New talks on this possible accord between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council are due to resume in New York on September 18 ahead of a November 24 deadline to cut a deal.
In the new quarterly report the IAEA said that Tehran missed a mutually agreed August 25 deadline to provide answers on two of these areas, saying merely they had "begun discussions".
The report also said that more construction work had been noticed at the Parchin military base, a key site in the nuclear weapons probe, making an investigation there more difficult.
The IAEA said it had "observed through satellite imagery ongoing construction activity (at Parchin)... These activities are likely to have further undermined the Agency's ability to conduct effective verification". – Rappler.com