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VIENNA, May 15. /TASS/. Iran and six world powers, comprising UN five permanent members - Russia, the United States, Britain, France and China - alongside Germany, have failed to reach a solution to a possible military component of Iran’s nuclear programme, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told reporters on Friday.
Debates are going on about the list of facilities in Iran that international experts would be granted access to and on what grounds they would obtain this access.
"The question is in the access: how much, how often and why the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) can gather information in Iran," Ryabkov said. "Another aspect is a parallel process of a step-by-step solution to the issues [of possible military aspects of Iran’s nuclear programme] that is underway between Iran and the IAEA."
"Both processes mean gathering of information, its analysis and a search for a clue to the issue if it is enough for saying that the theme has been exhausted and ceased to be problematic and worrying," he said.
"The Iranians have been reasonably insisting that the process should be drawing to a close and that after a certain amount of efforts the bottom line should be drawn and the theme should not be taken up again if the collected data satisfy the IAEA experts," Ryabkov said.
"Now we are at the stage of coordinating parameters of the access that would be provided so that a lid could be put over the theme of former military research," the Russian deputy foreign minister said.