International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano addresses the media after a board of governors meeting at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna November 28, 2013. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader
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Make-or-break nuclear negotiations ramped up a gear Wednesday with the head of the UN nuclear watchdog set to fly to Iran for talks after the deadline to reach a deal was extended.One sticking point has been ensuring access for IAEA inspectors to Iranian military sites to verify whether in the past or present Iran has sought to develop nuclear weapons.Under any deal, it will be up to the IAEA, which already keeps close tabs on Iran's declared nuclear sites with between four and 10 inspectors on the ground on any given day, to verify that Iran really does reduce its capacities.U.S. President Barack Obama insisted Tuesday that a "strong, rigorous verification mechanism" for monitoring Iran's nuclear sites was needed and warned Iran's leaders he would walk away from a "bad deal".
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