President Hassan Rouhani's government confirmed rumours on Monday it had reshuffled the leadership of Iran's atomic agency to sideline nuclear experts opposed to talks on its atomic programme with the West.
Rouhani and his
The UN atomic watchdog is considering increasing its presence in Iran to better handle a bigger workload in verifying Tehran is implementing a landmark deal with world powers to curb its nuclear programme, diplomats said.
Iran said on Monday it wanted to settle a decade-old nuclear dispute with the West that has raised fears of a new Middle East war, but the United States said it must back words with action.
New Iranian atomic energy chief Ali Akba
The UN nuclear watchdog chief said on Tuesday he expected to sign a deal with Iran soon to boost its cooperation with an investigation into Tehran's disputed atomic activity, although differences remained.
Yukiya Amano, head of the Int
Iran, facing growing international pressure over its nuclear programme, called for more talks with the UN nuclear watchdog and condemned production of atomic weapons as a "great sin".
Iran says its nuclear programme is peaceful but negoti
Iran's apparent reluctance to let UN inspectors visit a military site near Tehran underlines the uphill task they face in getting the Islamic state to address suspicions it may be seeking to develop nuclear weapons, Western diplomats say.
Western powers said on Wednesday there was growing evidence suggesting Iran was working to develop a nuclear missile and a recent "charm offensive" by Tehran failed to address those fears.
Statements by Britain, Germany, France and the Un
The UN nuclear agency has invited all its members, including Israel, Arab states and Iran, to attend rare talks later this year about the volatile Middle East and efforts to rid the world of atomic bombs, a document showed.
While Israel an
The European Union significantly expanded its sanctions against Iran on Monday, reflecting mounting frustration over a lack of progress in nuclear talks with Tehran, EU diplomats said.
EU foreign ministers agreed at a meeting in Brussels t
Iran's foreign minister met the head of the UN atomic watchdog on Sunday to discuss a stalled nuclear fuel proposal that could help ease Tehran's dispute with the West as well as atomic inspections in the Islamic Republic.
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