International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano (L) shakes hand with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani during their meeting in Tehran, September 20, 2015. REUTERS/President.ir/Handout
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Iran said Monday it independently collected samples at a suspect military site where illicit nuclear work is alleged to have occurred and later handed them to the U.N.'s absent inspectors.The samples were taken under "established procedures," IAEA director general Yukiya Amano said, noting "significant progress" is being made in its long-running probe of whether Iran ever sought to develop a nuclear bomb.The sample-taking is linked to a so-called road map with a Dec. 15 deadline by when the IAEA says ambiguities about past possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear activities must be resolved.Iran's environmental sampling from specific parts of the Parchin complex took place in the past week.Iran had previously refused permission to enter Parchin, highlighting its military function and stressing the IAEA had already conducted inspections in 2005 that yielded nothing.Iran has said recent work at Parchin was necessary to repair a flood-damaged road.
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