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Iran's cooperation with IAEA at risk if nuclear talks fail

A breakdown in nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 would likely mean far fewer inspections in Iran.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general Yukiya Amano arrives for a board of governors meeting at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna December 11, 2014. The head of the U.N. atomic agency asked member states on Thursday for 4.6 million euros ($5.7 million) in extra funding "as soon as possible" to help pay for its monitoring of an extended nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers. Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia failed last month to meet a self-impo

As Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) remain engaged in intense discussions on a political framework for a final nuclear deal, much has been written and argued about crucial aspects of the negotiations, such as the extent of uranium enrichment, the future of the Arak heavy water reactor and Fordow, the duration of a final deal and the pace of sanctions relief.

However, less attention has been paid to the one key component that underlies all of the aforementioned: verification.

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