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Iran Nuclear Talks Could Stall Over Access to Scientists and Sites

Iran Nuclear Talks Could Stall Over Access to Scientists and Sites

VIENNA — For more than a decade, the C.I.A. has closely followed the workings of one Iranian officer and his sprawling nuclear empire: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the relentless driving force behind what Western intelligence agencies say was Iran’s Manhattan Project, its effort to design a compact nuclear weapon that could fit atop a missile.

Now, in the final push for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran, accounting for the accomplishments of Mr. Fakhrizadeh and his team of university scientists, missile engineers and military officers is emerging as one of the last and most formidable obstacles — perhaps on a par with the question of whether inspectors will be able, on short notice, to step into any place they suspect might conceal bomb-related work.

The chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, is flying into Tehran on Thursday to meet with President Hassan Rouhani and Iran’s top national security officials in the latest effort to agree on a plan for interviewing scientists, examining their documents and visiting a long list of places where the agency believes they conducted nuclear-related experiments.

Source: Iran Nuclear Talks Could Stall Over Access to Scientists and Sites – The New York Times

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