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U.N.: Iran still not providing nuclear information

The comments come as a final push for a diplomatic settlement begin.

By Ed Adamczyk
U.N.: Iran still not providing nuclear information
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif. (UPI/Maryam Rahmanian | License Photo

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Iran has not answered important questions concerning its nuclear program, the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency says. An internal IAEA report said it has no new evidence regarding Iran's possible military applications of its nuclear program, although it has complied with a call to reduce uranium stockpiles. The information comes as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Oman Saturday to advance negotiations in a potential deal between Iran and Western powers.

A reduction in Iran's nuclear program is sought, in exchange for a lessening of economic sanctions. Iran previously agreed to cooperate fully with IAEA.

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"Iran has not provided any explanations that enable the energy agency to clarify the outstanding practical measures," the BBC said Friday, quoting the IAEA report. The statement refers to promises Iran made in August, when explosive tests and other suggestions of the development of nuclear weapons were observed. Iran's longstanding claim is that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

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