Iran: Inspections blocked, casting doubt on November deal

UN weapons inspectors from the IAEA are continuing to be blocked by the Iranian government from examining their enrichment facilities, where Western politicians believe to be laboratories for compiling fissile materials for a nuclear weapon. With the deadline for the deal to lift sanctions coming once again at the end of November, prospects are not looking especially good for either side to obtain a compromise. Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said there has been almost no progress in resolving the outstanding allegations of weapons development, despite almost a year of negotiations with the government.

The IAEA last year set up a list of 12 areas of concern that would need to be addressed before the agency would be able to offer its stamp of approval on Iran’s program, and Mr. Amano said that there has only been progress in one of these 12 areas so far. Currently, the IAEA is seeking access to Iranian nuclear scientists who are believed to be involved in weapons research. Additionally, access is demanded at the Parchin facility where inspectors believe that weapons development research took place.

Despite the IAEA’s despondency, the US State Department and the foreign ministries of the other P5+1 powers did not respond to his speech in Washington on Friday. US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif on November 9 to have bilateral negotiations on the subject, where Amano’s concerns will likely be directly addressed.

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