By The Global Journal | May 22, 2012 - 15:00 GMT
Following a visit to Iran on Monday, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief, Yukiya Amano, announced today (22 May) that a nuclear accord would eventually be signed with the regime in Tehran. His talks preceded a meeting tomorrow in Baghdad between the P5+1 — the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany — and Iran on the issue of the country’s alleged weapons program.
Amano explained that his discussions with Saeed Jalili, Iran’s main negotiator, had led to a common understanding on the necessity of “an agreement on [a] structured approach”. After weeks of failed negotiations, Amano expressed cautious optimism when referring to this new step as an “important development”.
While the IAEA head indicated that the signature of an agreement was imminent, no specific date was provided for when the act would take place. Amano emphasized that Jalili had confirmed “existing differences [would] not be an obstacle to the agreement”. He also explained, however, that even though “it [would] be signed quite soon”, there was no clarity as to exactly “how soon it [would] be.”
Both the IAEA and the countries comprising the P5+1 — as well as Israel — suspect Iran of clandestinely building a nuclear bomb, behind the smokescreen of a civilian atomic program. These charges have been repeatedly denied by Tehran.
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