IAEA chief: Prospect of Iran nuke probe uncertain
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IAEA chief: Prospect of Iran nuke probe uncertain

Amano is in Tokyo for talks with newly elected Japanese PM

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano speaks to the media in May. (photo credit: AP/Ronald Zak)
International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano speaks to the media in May. (photo credit: AP/Ronald Zak)

TOKYO (AP) — The head of the UN nuclear agency says he is uncertain whether Iran will agree to allow his agency to restart an investigation into the Islamic Republic’s suspected secret nuclear arms program.

International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said Friday in Tokyo that the likelihood of an agreement at talks this week “remains unclear.” IAEA officials have reported some progress after their previous meeting in December, citing a possibility to resume its probe this year following another round of talks January 16.

Amano, expected to stay in the top job at the agency for four more years, is in Japan for talks with its newly elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his government.

Iran denies it is developing nuclear weapons, saying its nuclear program is for peaceful power generation.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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