VIENNA: Iran faces possible referral to the UN Security Council in early March unless Tehran and the UN atomic agency defy expectations in talks Wednesday and reach a deal on enhanced inspections.
Iran has consistently rejected as unfounded what the International Atomic Energy Agency calls ‘overall, credible’ evidence that until 2003 and possibly since, it conducted nuclear weapons research.
The Vienna agency closely monitors Iran’s declared nuclear facilities but wants Iran also to grant access to sites, scientists and documents involved in these alleged military activities.
Iran accuses the IAEA of basing its conclusions on faulty intelligence from foreign spy agencies — intelligence it complains it has not been allowed to see.
A series of meetings over the past year, the latest in January, have failed to overcome the differences, and ‘hopes are not high’ at agency headquarters for these next talks, one Vienna diplomat told AFP.