Iran has failed to address concerns about suspected atomic bomb research by an agreed deadline, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Friday, a setback to hopes for an end to an international stand-off over Tehran`s atomic activity.
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Sunday that his brief visit to Iran and talks with top Iranian officials were "useful", as he offered new proposals to boost cooperation between the UN nuclear watchdog and the Islamic republic.
Iran`s supreme leader today dismissed the value of direct talks with the US, his first comments touching on meetings that officials from the Islamic Republic had with Americans dating back to secret talks that began in 2012.
Iran said on Tuesday it expected to sign a deal with Russia in late August on the building of two new 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactors in the Islamic Republic, potentially boosting its case that it is refining uranium for civilian energy, not atom bombs.
Iran on Thursday dismissed as "unrealistic and unconstructive" comments by US President Barack Obama that international sanctions linked to its nuclear programme had forced Tehran to the negotiating table.
Iran`s state television broadcaster is reporting that some 100 lawmakers have introduced a bill that would force the government to increase uranium enrichment to 60 percent if new sanctions are imposed on the Islamic Republic.