U.N. inspectors are seeking additional time to get to the bottom of a suspected Iranian nuclear program, a top U.K. official said on Wednesday, saying Tehran could have used the new U.R. 29 nuclear agreement to boost its nuclear weapons program.
Britain’s Deputy Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Andrew Symonds, told the U.NAI in New York that U.NS investigators had been given “an additional 10 days” to complete their work in the nuclear program and that it was the right decision.
U.N.-sanctioned inspections were halted in June, and international monitors resumed last month.
The Iranian government has consistently denied that it is working on a nuclear weapon, saying it is pursuing only peaceful nuclear energy.
It also has accused Western powers of orchestrating the inspections as part of an illegal campaign to isolate Iran.
Western powers and Iran agree that inspections of Iranian nuclear sites and facilities should take place as soon as possible and that Tehran should halt all enrichment activities until the U:S.
and its allies lift sanctions.
However, the agreement does not require Iran to halt enrichment activities for at least five years.
The deal is a major breakthrough in relations between the U.-S.
S Group of 20 (G20) and Iran.
The two countries have had a close relationship for more than 30 years and are key allies in the fight against terrorism.
It comes after a U.P.A. nuclear watchdog report in March accused Iran of cheating on an internal inspection program and said Tehran was cheating on a third of its nuclear inspections.