| VIENNA, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A top U.N. nuclear regulator said Thursday Iran still has provided no proof its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
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Director General Yukiya Amano of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors said Iran has declined to fully cooperate with investigators despite agreement to participate in renewed six-nation talks on its nuclear program.
"Iran is not implementing the requirements contained in the relevant resolutions of the board of governors and the Security Council, including implementation of the Additional Protocol (for unannounced spot verification checks), which are essential to building confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program", Amano said.
"In particular, the agency needs Iran's cooperation in clarifying outstanding issues, which give rise to concerns about possible military dimensions to its nuclear program, including by providing access to all sites, equipment, persons and documents requested by the agency."
Iran is supposed to meet next week in Geneva with representatives of China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany.
Iran's nuclear program was first discovered in 2003. Tehran has said repeatedly said the program is purely for the production of power but refused offers by other countries to supply it with enriched uranium to allay fears uranium will be diverted for weaponization if Iran does its own enriching.
Last June, the U.N. Security council imposed a fourth round of sanctions against Iran, citing the proliferation risks of its program.
Amano also had negative reports on North Korea and Syria, saying the IAEA has "great concern" over Pyongyang's new uranium enrichment facility and construction of a light water reactor and issues with Syria surrounding its Dair Alzour site had yet to be resolved. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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