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US President Barack Obama has written directly to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

US President Barack Obama has written directly to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Both America and Iran are preparing for a final round of talks in Vienna. John Kerry, the US secretary of state, will meet his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Oman tomorrow to settle the confrontation (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

Both America and Iran are preparing for a final round of talks in Vienna. John Kerry, the US secretary of state, will meet his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Oman tomorrow to settle the confrontation (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

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US President Barack Obama has written directly to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Iran has failed to keep an agreement to hand over information about past research into technology related to nuclear weapons, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said yesterday.

The disclosure cast doubt over whether a final deal to resolve the nuclear question is achievable by the deadline of November 24. Both America and Iran are preparing for a final round of talks in Vienna. John Kerry, the US secretary of state, will meet his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Oman tomorrow to settle the confrontation. Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama has written directly to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. But the latest report from IAEA inspectors suggested Iran has broken earlier promises.

In 2011, the IAEA disclosed information purporting to show that Iran's scientists had researched 11 separate technologies relevant to nuclear weapons. Iran admitted doing so in respect of two technologies, namely high explosive detonators and neutron transport calculations, but said these experiments had been carried out for civilian purposes.

In May, Iran agreed to "exchange information" with the IAEA about this activity by August 25. But the IAEA disclosed yesterday that "Iran has not provided any explanations that enable the agency to clarify the two outstanding practical measures".

Iranian officials agreed to meet the inspectors again to discuss handing over the information - but not until after November 24. This means negotiations will start in Vienna with these two issues remaining unresolved, in breach of the agreement reached in May. "The Iranians are holding these transparency measures hostage to the negotiations with the world powers," said Mark Fitzpatrick, a non-proliferation expert. (© Daily Telegraph London)

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