VIENNA (AP) — The head of the U.N. nuclear agency is making an unusually strong demand for Iran to cooperate with an investigation into suspected work on nuclear weapons.
The International Atomic Energy Agency chief (Yukya Amano) says, "We need to stop going around in circles."
He says months of delays are hurting efforts by the agency to look into concerns at one particular site -- a military complex southeast of Tehran. The IAEA believes Iran may have experimented there with tests of explosions that could set off a nuclear charge.
Iran has denied any interest in nuclear arms.
Tensions are growing as time drags on. Israel uses the lack of progress in diplomatic efforts to support its argument that Iran's nuclear installations should be bombed.
GRAPHICSBANK: Yukiya Amano headshot, as Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, waits for the start of the IAEA board of governors meeting at the International Center, in Vienna, Austria, graphic element on gray (10 Sep 2012)
APPHOTO XRZ127: Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano of Japan addresses the media during a news conference after a meeting of the IAEA board of governors at the International Center, in Vienna, Austria, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak) (10 Sep 2012)
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