Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano of Japan arrives at the IAEA board of governors meeting at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
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Western powers pressed Iran on Wednesday to tackle suspicions that it may have worked on designing an atomic bomb and the United States said the issue would be central to the success of talks on a final settlement over Tehran's nuclear program.The IAEA inquiry is separate from but complementary to higher-level political talks between Iran and six world powers aimed at a deal on the overall scope of Tehran's nuclear energy program to ensure it cannot be diverted into bombmaking.In potentially a significant advance for the IAEA's inquiry into Iran's nuclear research, Tehran agreed last month to address one of many topics the U.N. agency wants answers on -- fast-acting detonators that can be used for nuclear explosions. The six-month agreement focused mainly on preventing Tehran obtaining nuclear fissile material to assemble a future bomb, rather than on whether Iran sought to develop nuclear weapons technology in the past, which the IAEA is investigating.
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