Deal struck on wider UN inspections of Iran sites


Associated Press

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 11:33 AM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says it's a sign of progress toward a broader agreement with the U.S. and other world powers on its nuclear program.

Iran and the U.N.'s nuclear chief reached a deal today to allow expanded monitoring of the country's nuclear sites. But the initial "roadmap" for deeper inspections doesn't mention some of the sites that are most important to U.N. teams, notably a military facility outside Tehran.

It would, however, give U.N. inspectors access to a key uranium mine and the site of a planned heavy water reactor.

The deal came during talks in Tehran with the U.N. nuclear watchdog. His initiative comes amid more far-reaching efforts by six world powers to reach an accord that would ease Western concerns that Iran could one day develop nuclear weapons.

Secretary of State John Kerry is suggesting there's still room for more progress at those talks in Geneva. He says the U.S. and five others negotiating with Iran are united -- and that Iran wasn't able to accept their latest offers "at that particular moment."

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173-a-16-(Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (AH'-lee AHK'-bahr sah-LEH'-hee), at joint news conference with IAEA director general)-"of this file"-Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the roadmap -- which is designed to give U.N. inspectors access to a heavy water reactor under construction and a key uranium mine -- could lead to further negotiations and perhaps a lifting of sanctions, which is Iran's goal. ((refers to international strife over Iran's nuclear program as 'this file')) (11 Nov 2013)

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172-a-06-(Yukiya Amano (yoo-KEE'-ah ah-MAHN'-oh), director general, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), at joint news conference with Iranian foreign minister)-"to be done"-Yukiya Amano heads the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog agency and says this new deal for expanded monitoring of Iran's nuclear sites could lead to even wider inspections. (11 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO LON102: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry steps aboard his aircraft in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday Nov. 10, 2013. Nuclear talks with Iran have failed to reach agreement, but Kerry said differences between Tehran and six world powers made "significant progress." (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool) (10 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO ENO103: Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, left, and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano, pose for a photo under portraits of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, left, and Iran's founder of Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, right, following their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Iran and the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency have reached a roadmap deal for cooperation during talks in Tehran Saturday that expands the monitoring of the country's nuclear sites. (AP Photo/ ISNA, Mehdi Ghasemi) (11 Nov 2013)

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