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UN atomic watchdog confirms Amano going to Iran

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Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency
Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency
Vienna (AFP) - The UN atomic watchdog confirmed its chief was heading Wednesday to Tehran for talks on a stalled nuclear bomb probe, a key sticking point in talks between Iran and major powers.
The aim of International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano’s talks on Thursday is to "accelerate the resolution of all outstanding issues related to Iran’s nuclear program, including clarification of possible military dimensions", the IAEA said.
The IAEA keeps close tabs on Iran’s declared nuclear activities, making sure that all nuclear material is accounted for and that its facilities are being used for exclusively peaceful purposes.
But it also wants to probe allegations that before 2003 and perhaps since, Iran’s nuclear program had "possible military dimensions" -- in other words, that it conducted nuclear weapons research.
The P5+1 group -- the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany -- say that clearing up the allegations is key to agreeing a wider accord curbing Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.
On Tuesday Iran and the P5+1 extended their deadline until July 7 to agree a deal in talks in Vienna.

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