Iran OKs Broader UN Inspections
Tehran talks lead to 'roadmap,' while Geneva proposal rejected
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 11, 2013 10:02 AM CST
Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, left, and International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano pose for a photo in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.   (AP Photo/ ISNA, Mehdi Ghasemi)
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(Newser) – Talks in Tehran between Iran and the UN's nuclear chief have produced a "roadmap" for boosting inspections—but some of the sites that most interest UN investigators aren't included in the deal as it stands, the AP notes. Still, they'll get access to a planned heavy water reactor that has worried France, as well as a major uranium mine. The plan involves Iran opening its doors over three months, a period that may frustrate the West, but it could also lead to a more expansive deal.

Indeed, the UN's Yukiya Amano and Iran nuclear boss Ali Akbar Salehi say they aim to "cooperate further ... to resolve all present and past issues." Separate talks in Geneva, which ended yesterday, were less productive, though John Kerry says the US and other negotiating countries reached "unity" on a nuclear deal only to be rejected by Iran. Earlier reports had suggested France opposed a deal that appeared to be forming, but "the French signed off on" a proposal this weekend, Kerry said. Iran, however, "couldn't take it." While it's not "a race to complete just any agreement," Kerry signaled optimism that a deal could be reached in a matter of months, Reuters notes. Talks are set to resume Nov. 20.