Iran’s Nuclear Negotiations Take Tentative Steps Forward

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Iran has been at odds with the U.S. and others for some time now over its nuclear weapons program. Continued efforts have been made by UN officials, the International Atomic Energy Agency (or, IAEA), and U.S. officials to gain some transparency on the issue. The IAEA met with the Islamic Republic of Iran over the weekend to discuss the “six initial practical measures” agreed upon months ago, deciding that, “Iran has taken the initial practical measures that were foreseen,” and successfully outlining seven to be accomplished before May 15, 2014.

Included in these seven measures was a provision for “providing mutually agreed relevant information and managed access to the Saghand mine in Yazd,” as wall as “providing information and explanations for the agency to assess Iran’s stated need or application for the development of Exploding Bridge Wire detonators,” and a number of other specifics.

Tero Varjoranta, the Chief UN nuclear inspector, reported that the talks held on February 8 and 9 went well, but that “there are still a lot of outstanding issues. We will address them all in due course,” according to Reuters. The U.S. has long complained that a thorough examination of military connections to Iran’s nuclear program has been blocked, while Iran has insisted it has no such nuclear intentions. The IAEA’s work with and investigation into Iran and it’s possible military dimensions (or, PMD) is a useful parallel to diplomatic relations between France, Germany, Britain, Russia, China, and America, according to Reuters.

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