Iran atomic bomb probe may be completed in 2015: IAEA

Amano, of the International Atomic Energy Agency , said Saturday that "more work will be needed" to kick-start the investigation — the same phrase he used Friday.

By: Associated Press | Vienna | Published: July 4, 2015 5:38:58 pm
U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, left, talks to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, Monday, June 29, 2015. World powers and Iran prepared to move past Tuesday's deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement, with officials suggesting significant backtracking by Tehran's negotiators that may need several more days of discussions to resolve. (Carlos Barria/Pool via AP) U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, left, talks to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, Monday, June 29, 2015. World powers and Iran prepared to move past Tuesday’s deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement, with officials suggesting significant backtracking by Tehran’s negotiators that may need several more days of discussions to resolve. (Carlos Barria/Pool via AP)

The U.N. atomic agency chief says he can wrap up his probe of allegations that Iran worked secretly on nuclear arms by the end of the year but needs Tehran’s cooperation to do so.

Yukiya Amano’s comments Saturday were in line with his statement the day before on return from talks in Tehran. On Friday, he suggested that a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has done little to advance his probe.

Amano, of the International Atomic Energy Agency , said Saturday that “more work will be needed” to kick-start the investigation — the same phrase he used Friday.

The U.S. and its allies say the agency must deliver a ruling on the suspicions based on Iranian cooperation, as part of the overall nuclear deal now being negotiated.

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