Iran has agreed to allow inspectors from the International Atomic EnergyAgency to enter long-unseen nuclear sites, including the Gchine uranium mine and a heavy-water reactor in Arak, as part of a co-operation deal struck in Tehran.
Days after arduous negotiations in Geneva ended without a decisive agreement between Iran's negotiating team and six world powers on Iran's nuclear future, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's atomic energy organisation, met the IAEA chief, Yukiya Amano, and agreed a roadmap for greater co-operation.
At the same time, the UK foreign secretary took pains to clarify the Geneva talks had not failed and there was still a deal to be done.
Hague told MPs that differences between the two sides were now "narrow" and "we must build momentum behind the Geneva talks", but warned Tehran that it should seize the opportunity brought by the progress made in last week's negotiations.
A joint statement issued by the IAEA and Iran said both sides had agreed "to strengthen their co-operation and dialogue aimed at ensuring the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear programme".
"It is foreseen that Iran's co-operation will include providing the IAEA with timely information about its nuclear facilities and in regard to the implementation of transparency measures," the statement said. "Activities will proceed in a step-by-step manner."
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Great step forward! This new Iranian government seems to be making progress. Hopefully this talks proceed. Its always a good sign when Iran is letting the IAEA into the country to take a look at more nuclear sites. But in the end lots of progress has been made!