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Nuclear summit final statement highlights IAEA role

The world must construct a system to fight nuclear terror with the world's atomic watchdog playing a central role, a draft of the Nuclear Security Summit's final statement says. The draft, of which a final version is to be agreed later on Tuesday by the leaders of more than 50 countries at the third Nuclear Security Summit, calls on countries to "build and sustain a strong nuclear security culture and effectively combat nuclear terrorism and other criminal threats."

Israel urges IAEA to issue full report on Iran nuclear research

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel urged the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency on Friday to go public with all information it has regarding suspicions that Iran researched how to build an atomic bomb. The statement followed a Reuters report on Thursday, citing sources familiar with the matter, that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) last year planned a major report on Iran that might have revealed more of its alleged bomb-relevant research, but held off as the Islamic Republic's relations with the outside world thawed.

Exclusive: U.N. nuclear agency opted against sensitive Iran report - sources

By Fredrik Dahl and Louis Charbonneau VIENNA/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog planned a major report on Iran that might have revealed more of its suspected atomic bomb research, but held off as Tehran's relations with the outside world thawed, sources familiar with the matter said.

Iran agrees to explain nuclear detonators to UN

Iran agreed Sunday to clarify to the UN atomic agency its need for detonators used in nuclear devices, as part of a probe into allegations of its past weapons work. The move is part of seven new steps agreed between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency to increase transparency over Tehran's controversial nuclear drive. And it appears to be the first time in years Iran has agreed to tackle IAEA suspicions that its nuclear work prior to 2003 had "possible military dimensions".

Iran agrees to explain nuclear detonators to UN

Iran agreed Sunday to clarify to the UN atomic agency its need for detonators used in a nuclear device, as part of a probe into allegations of its past weapons work. The move is part of seven new steps agreed between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency to increase transparency over Tehran's controversial nuclear drive. And it appears to be the first time in years Iran has agreed to tackle IAEA suspicions that its nuclear work prior to 2003 had "possible military dimensions".

Iran, IAEA resume talks on nuclear transparency

The UN atomic watchdog on Sunday started a second day of talks in Tehran on safeguards to enhance transparency on Iran's nuclear drive and on allegations of its past weapons work. The talks were expected to continue into the afternoon, after a first day of meetings was described as "constructive" by Iran's atomic organisation spokesman, Behrouz Kamalvandi. Iranian media have reported little details of the negotiations with the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

UN nuclear experts back in Iran to tackle tougher issues

The UN atomic agency resumes talks in Tehran Saturday to tackle allegations of past Iranian weapons work and discuss more practical steps to increase the transparency of the country's nuclear drive. The one-day encounter between Iran and the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency will build on a framework deal agreed in November that required Tehran to take six practical steps by next Tuesday.

U.N. nuclear watchdog expects cooperation at last in Iran inquiry

By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog hopes to persuade Iran in talks on Saturday to finally start addressing long-held suspicions it has worked on designing an atomic bomb, a test of whether ties really are thawing under the Islamic state's new president. The International Atomic Energy Agency has made it clear it now wants Iran to end what the West sees as years of stonewalling the IAEA's investigation into alleged nuclear bomb research by the country, which denies any such activity.

IAEA visits Iranian mine as part of nuclear transparency pact

DUBAI (Reuters) - U.N. nuclear inspectors visited an Iranian uranium mine for the first time in nearly a decade on Wednesday, Iranian media reported, as Tehran gradually opens up its disputed nuclear program to greater international scrutiny. A three-member team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) went to the Gchine mine near the southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas, a spokesman for Iran's atomic energy organization said. The IAEA was last there in 2005.

IAEA visits Iranian mine as part of nuclear transparency pact

DUBAI (Reuters) - U.N. nuclear inspectors visited an Iranian uranium mine for the first time in nearly a decade on Wednesday, Iranian media reported, as Tehran gradually opens up its disputed nuclear program to greater international scrutiny. A three-member team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) went to the Gchine mine near the southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas, a spokesman for Iran's atomic energy organization said. The IAEA was last there in 2005.
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