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IAEA seeks Iran nuclear 'clarification'

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The European Union has imposed more sanctions against Iran as part of its attempt to force the Iranians to abandon their nuclear programme.

Iran says the sanctions are inhumane, there is no doubt those already in place are having an effect and that their nuclear facilities are for purely peaceful purposes.

The BBC's James Reynolds explained from the Turkish/Syrian border that the Iranian currency "has lost 40 per cent of its value against the dollar" in the last month, and "essentially Iran is finding it difficult to get money".

Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said that the IAEA can verify that declared activities and material are used for "peaceful purposes".

But he explained that the agency does not have enough knowledge to say that there are not "undeclared activities".

He could not give assurance that the whole of Iran's nuclear programme is used in peaceful purposes.


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