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Thursday 17 April 2014

UN hails Tehran nuclear probe talks

Herman Nackaerts said his team had made 'progress' on resuming nuclear inspections in Iran (AP)

A senior UN official has said that his team made headway during talks in Tehran meant to restart an investigation into suspicions the Islamic Republic may have secretly worked on a nuclear arms programme.

Herman Nackaerts said the progress means the UN nuclear agency expects to resume its investigation early next year.

Mr Nackaerts is in charge of the Iran investigation with the International Atomic Energy Agency. He spoke at Vienna's airport on return from Tehran.

Iran denies any interest in nuclear weapons.

Mr Nackaerts said "we were able to make progress" on resuming the investigation.

He added that the IAEA expects to "start implementing" an agreement on the investigation shortly after new talks in Tehran on January 16.

Press Association

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