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IAEA report on past Iranian nuke research may hamstring deal

The issue of past military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program continues to hover over negotiations, but there could be a way for Iran to finesse those concerns.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano addresses a news conference after a board of governors meeting at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna June 2, 2014. The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Monday Iran's engagement with the IAEA in recent months had helped it "gain a better understanding" of Tehran's disputed nuclear programme.  REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader (AUSTRIA - Tags: POLITICS ENERGY) - RTR3RU6Y

As nuclear negotiations enter a decisive phase, Iran is making halting progress addressing what is likely to be a key element of a long-term agreement: resolving international concerns about past research that would be necessary to develop the most common form of nuclear weapon.

According to the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran has offered a possible if unlikely explanation for one of its past activities and continues to stonewall on two others.

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