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November 7, 2014 8:00 pm

IAEA Says Probe on Iran Nukes Has Stalled, Hurting Chances of Deal by Deadline

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The Iran nuclear program's Arak heavy-water reactor. Photo: Nanking2012/Wikimedia Commons. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a United Nations-affiliated nuclear watchdog, says that its investigation into the potential weaponization of Iran’s nuclear program has stalled. Iran’s non-compliance with the probe might derail the prospects of a nuclear deal with world powers being reached by the Nov. 24 deadline.

Last February, Iran agreed to provide the IAEA with information on three aspects of its nuclear program: alleged experiments with nuclear detonators, work on high-explosive charges used in nuclear blasts, and studies on the calculation of nuclear explosive yields. But the IAEA says Iran has only provided information on the detonators, which the Islamic Republic insists were only used for oil exploration and non-nuclear military purposes.

“Iran has not provided any explanations that enable the agency to clarify the outstanding practical measures,” said a confidential IAEA report obtained by The Associated Press.

The P5+1 powers—U.S., U.K., France, Russia, China, and Germany—have insisted that no final agreement with Iran will be reached until the IAEA is satisfied with its investigation.

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