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Amid nuclear negociations between the six world powers and the Iranian regime, the U.N. atomic agency on Friday reported that work on a key element — an assessment of allegations that Tehran worked on atomic arms — remains essentially stalled, The Associated Press reported from Vienna.
The report from the International Atomic Energy Agency also reiterated that more cooperation is needed by Tehran for full clarity on its present activities.
Without it, the IAEA said it cannot "conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities."
The revelations made on Thursday by the National Council of Resistance of Iran that the regime in Tehran and the government of North Korea have extensively exchanged information and delegations of experts in the fields of nuclear weapons and nuclear warhead design as recently as late April 2015, has angered the mullahs ruling in Iran.
The state-run news outlets in Iran quoted “an informed source at Iran’s embassy in France” flatly rejecting the revelations by the NCRI that has been widely covered across the globe.
U.S. officials said they were seriously examining the revelations made by the Iranian Resistance on Thursday that Tehran and Pyongyang are forging ballistic missile and nuclear research ties.
“We have seen these claims, and we take any such reports seriously,” said State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke.
“But we don’t have any information at this time that would lead us to believe that these allegations impact our ongoing negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program,” he added.
The Iranian regime has expressed outright opposition to the notion of inspection of military sites and access to nuclear scientists for interviews, a senior negotiator has said.
Speaking to reporters after three days of nuclear talks in the Austrian capital of Vienna, Abbas Araqchi said the idea of access to his regime’s military sites or interviews with nuclear scientists is not on the agenda of negotiations with the Group 5+1 countries, state-run Tasnim news agency reported.
The Iranian regime and the government of North Korea have extensively exchanged information and delegations of experts in the fields of nuclear weapons and nuclear warhead design as recently as late April 2015, information obtained by the Iranian opposition movement the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) reveals.
According to the information from various sources inside of the clerical regime, a delegation from North Korea including experts in nuclear warhead, and various elements of ballistic were present in the country for one week at the end of April.
If Iran signs a nuclear deal with world powers it will have to accept inspections of its military sites, the head of the UN’s atomic watchdog Yukiya Amano told AFP in an interview.
Amano said Tehran has agreed to implementing the Additional Protocol of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that allows for snap inspections of its nuclear facilities, and if required, military sites.
However, differences have emerged over the interpretation of the protocol and the issue is far from resolved.