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US: Iran must clear up nuclear arms suspicions

VIENNA - A US envoy told Iran on Wednesday that it can expect substantial relief from sanctions choking its economy only if it clears up suspicions that it worked on nuclear arms. But Tehran said claims that it did so are "baseless."

 

US envoy Joseph Macmanus told the IAEA's 35-nation board that clearing up suspicions that Iran worked on nuclear arms "will be critical" to any final accord meant to give Tehran full final sanctions relief.

 

Tehran denies wanting - or working on - such weapons, and Iranian IAEA delegate Reza Najafi said Wednesday that his country does "not recognize" the allegations.

 

Iran is ready to work with the IAEA on its suspicions, but such "claims are baseless" he told reporters. (AP)