Iran: IAEA team to arrive in Tehran on Monday

IAEA, ViennaNCRI – A delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is to arrive in Iranian capital Monday night, more than a month after the Iranian regime missed a deadline for cooperation with the U.N. nuclear agency in investigation into Tehran’s atomic bomb research.

The delegation led by IAEA Deputy Director for Security Tero Varjoranta will meet with officials of the Iranian regime’s Atomic Energy Organization on Tuesday.

Last month, the head of the U.N. atomic agency urged the Iranian regime to provide answers about the works done on nuclear arms.

Yukiya Amano said the Iranian regime had implemented some measures in an agreement but they have been mostly in areas that have nothing to do with the weapons work.

With his probe of nuclear weapons work by the Iranian regime sputtering, Amano warned the Iranian regime last week to either cooperate or accept the prospect of a ruling based on incomplete information. He said the nuclear weapon probe “is not an endless process.”

In a September 5 report, the IAEA said that Tehran is failing to fully respond to questions about its nuclear program.

A Washington Post editorial urged President Obama on Friday to resist the temptation to make further concessions in order to complete a long-term deal by November.

The editorial says “Iran should be offered, at best, an extension of the existing arrangement, with the current sanctions left in place — and threatened with tougher measures if it does not accept.”

U.S. officials had hoped that an intensive week of negotiations at the United Nations last month would open the way to a deal but, by the account of both sides, little headway was made. “The gaps are still serious,” said a U.S. official briefing reporters at the end of the talks.

According to The Washington Post, Tehran appears to be sticking to its insistence on maintaining and eventually vastly expanding its nuclear infrastructure while offering only a temporary slowdown in uranium enrichment and “increased transparency.” It is refusing to discuss its ballistic missile program and still isn’t cooperating with international inspectors’ probe into its past nuclear weapons design work.

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