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Iran’s nuclear purchases have slowed, UN experts say

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-05-13

Iranian purchases made in connection with its banned nuclear and missile programmes have slowed recently, a report by UN experts said Monday, on the eve of a new round of talks between Tehran and world powers in Vienna.

The shift could be the result of either the changed political climate under President Hassan Rohani, or the use by Tehran of new clandestine methods, the report stated.

Excerpts warned that “Iran continues to make extensive use of front companies to procure items for prohibited activities”.

The panel of experts, appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, conducts investigations and reports its findings to the UN Security Council committee monitoring implementation and alleged violations of sanctions against Iran.

The report has not been made public. It coincided with talks in Vienna on Monday between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), aimed at improving transparency and clearing up long-standing allegations of Tehran's past efforts to develop nuclear weapons.

Contrary to usual practice, envoys from the two sides ended the three-hour meeting without announcing any new action to help allay concern about Tehran’s atomic activities, leaving it unclear whether headway was achieved.

They also did not say when they would meet again. The lack of a clear outcome may disappoint Western diplomats, who want Iran to move much faster in addressing suspicions about past atomic bomb research. Tehran denies any such work.

The meeting took place a day before the Iran and six world powers start a new round of negotiations – also in the Austrian capital – on a broad diplomatic settlement of the decade-old nuclear dispute.

(FRANCE with AP, AFP, REUTERS)

Date created : 2014-05-13

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