IAEA signed roadmap with Iran to resolve nuclear issues by year end

The International Atomic Energy Agency has signed a roadmap with Iran that aims to resolve all outstanding nuclear issues by the end of 2015, its chief Yukiya Amano says.

VIENNA, AUSTRIA (JULY 14, 2015) (REUTERS) – The U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency signed a roadmap with Iran on Tuesday (July 14) with the aim of resolving all outstanding questions it has about the country’s nuclear programme by the end of the year, the IAEA’s director general said.

Future access to Iran’s Parchin military site, which the agency had repeatedly sought, is part of a separate arrangement, Yukiya Amano said.

“I have just signed the roadmap between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the IAEA for the clarification of the past and present outstanding issues regarding Iran’s nuclear programme,” said Amano.

“This is a significant step forward towards clarifying outstanding issues regarding Iran’s nuclear programme. The roadmap sets out a process under the November 2013 framework for cooperation to enable the agency with the cooperation of Iran to make an assessment of issues relating to possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programme by the end of 2015,” he added.

Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal earlier on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of on-off negotiations with an agreement that could potentially transform the Middle East.

Under the deal, sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union and United Nations would be lifted in return for Iran agreeing long-term curbs on a nuclear programme that the West has suspected was aimed at creating a nuclear bomb.