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Substantive Data Submitted to IAEA

Substantive Data Submitted to IAEASubstantive Data Submitted to IAEA

The International Atomic Energy Agency acknowledged receipt of "substantive" amounts of information from Iran on Aug. 15, in line with an agreement signed between the two to resolve questions about Tehran's nuclear past.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano told reporters on Tuesday the agency received a "substantive volume" of information, which means Tehran has delivered on its latest promise to send further data to the UN agency by mid-August.

"At this stage it is premature to say if there is any new information or not... We are now analyzing it," Amano was quoted by Reuters as saying. "(It) could be even misleading to provide a partial assessment."

Under the nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers reached on July 14, sanctions relief that Iran will secure in return for temporary constraints on its nuclear program hinges on IAEA reports on its past and present nuclear program.

A roadmap agreement signed between Tehran and the agency simultaneously with the completion of the nuclear accord committed Iran to providing the agency with information about its past nuclear program by Aug. 15 and clarify any further questions by Oct. 15.

Subsequently Amano will submit a final assessment on the resolution of all past and present outstanding issues to the UN agency's board of governors by Dec. 15.

The IAEA's board of governors authorized Amano in an emergency meeting on Tuesday to implement verification and monitoring of Iran's nuclear-related commitments under the nuclear pact, according the agency's website.

"There is now a historic opportunity to resolve the Iran nuclear issue," the IAEA chief told the board in his opening statement. "I hope that full use will be made of this opportunity."

Iran's ambassador to the IAEA, who attended Thursday's session, told reporters that Iran reiterated its principled stance in the meeting, stressing that measures to implement its commitments should be reciprocated by the other parties keeping their end of the bargain.

"Time will tell to what extent the other side honors its obligations," Reza Najafi was quoted by IRNA as saying.

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