The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) shakes hands with Yukiya Amano (L), Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency during a meeting in Tehran August 17, 2014. (AFP Photo/Iranian presidency website/Mohammad Berno)
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The United Nations nuclear watchdog said Monday that Iran began implementing transparency measures ahead of an August 25 deadline, as part of a long-running investigation into suspected atomic bomb research by Tehran.Under a phased Iran-IAEA transparency agreement reached in November -- an attempt to jumpstart the investigation -- Iran agreed in May to carry out the five steps by late August.But diplomatic sources said in July that the IAEA was concerned about Iran's lack of engagement with the investigation. After years of what the West saw as Iranian stonewalling, Iran as a first step in May gave the IAEA information it had requested about Tehran's reasons for developing exploding bridge wire detonators. Amano made clear his view that Iran should step up its cooperation with the IAEA investigation.
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