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UN nuclear watchdog to need extra funds to control Iran’s nuclear program — source

May 14, 2015, 21:20 UTC+3 VIENNA
So far, it is difficult to say anything about the exact sum, the source said
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VIENNA, May 14. /TASS/. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will need to increase funds allocated to control Iran’s nuclear program under a final agreement between Tehran and the six powers [the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany], a diplomatic source close to the IAEA secretariat told TASS on Thursday.

"So far, it is difficult to say anything about the exact sum because finals terms of inspections have not yet been elaborated at the political level," the source said. "But in general terms, the inspection mechanism to be outlined in the comprehensive joint action plan the P5+1 group and Iran are working on will be more serious than the one provided in the temporary agreement." Upon arrival at agreements of November 2013, the International Atomic Energy Agency had to ask members of the IAEA Board of Governors to allocate extra funds - about €5 million per each six months.

The source said that the current round of talks between Iran and the six powers provided for separate consultations involving IAEA experts. "One of the biggest sections of the final document" will be dedicated to the coordination between the Agency and countries.

Earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said sanctions relief for Iran had not yet been linked to possible military dimension of Tehran’s nuclear program. "Yet unresolved aspects of the sanction dossier include, among other things, the issue on the dependence of the process of sanction suspending and lifting on solutions to problems of former military activity," he said, adding that Russia shared Iran’s position that "the work on the problems of former military aspects cannot be endless and that common understanding is needed about when a line under these issues could be drawn."

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