UN inspectors return from Iran empty-handed

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The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog says talks with Iran have failed over its disputed atomic activities.

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency have returned to Vienna saying that after two days of negotiations they were unable to get permission to visit a key military site. They suspect it is being used as a test centre for nuclear weapons.

“We tried to reach agreement on a way forward to resolve all the outstanding issues, and in particular, we discussed the possible military dimension of Iran’s nuclear programme. We were also trying to get access to a site that is relevant for our investigations,” said the head of the inspection team, Herman Nackaerts, on returning to Vienna airport.

“We approached this trip in a constructive spirit, unfortunately we could not get an agreement on either,” Nackaerts added.

It is the second time in as many months the IAEA team has returned without a deal.

Iran is also dismissing the threat from oil sanctions.

“Regarding the sale of Iran’s oil in the international market, we have enough clients and allies among other countries, so there is no real problem over the sanctions,” said oil minister Rostam Qasemi.

Western sanctions on Iran were tightened after inspectors’ previous reports.

There is speculation that Israel may attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Tehran insists its nuclear programme is purely peaceful. It says it expects more talks, but the IAEA says none are planned.