Iran, the United States and other world powers are discussing an extension to Monday`s deadline for a deal to resolve a 12-year stand-off over Tehran`s atomic ambitions, Western and Iranian officials said.
The UN atomic agency said on Monday it had sent Sierra Leone equipment first used in nuclear processes that can help it quickly diagnose the deadly Ebola virus and it was also in contact with other West African states about their needs.
Iran`s stockpile of low-enriched uranium gas has grown by 8 percent to nearly 8.4 tonnes in about two months, UN atomic inspectors say, an amount world powers probably will want to see cut under any nuclear deal with Tehran.
Iran is failing to address suspicions it may have researched how to build an atomic bomb, a U.N. watchdog agency`s report showed on Friday, potentially complicating efforts by six powers to reach a deal with Tehran on its nuclear programme.
Recognising the threat of nuclear terrorism, India has called for effective international cooperation and responsible action by governments to strengthen nuclear security and prevent non-state actors from acquiring vulnerable atomic material.
Western strategists have long debated the spectre of Iran "breaking out" - suddenly showing the ability to explode an atom bomb. But some see a "sneak-out" less visible to UN inspectors as a possibly bigger risk and world powers have calibrated their demands in negotiations with Iran to forestall any such outcome.
Iran`s foreign minister headed to New York Tuesday to resume nuclear talks with major powers but it was unclear if there would be a repeat visit by President Hassan Rouhani, who launched Tehran`s opening a year ago.
The head of the UN nuclear watchdog sought to put pressure on Iran on Monday to address concerns about its suspected atomic bomb research, three weeks after Tehran failed to meet a deadline for providing information about the issue.