New Signs of Cooperation

New Signs of CooperationNew Signs of Cooperation

The White House said on Monday it was seeing indications Iran was cooperating with inspectors from the UN nuclear watchdog.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest was asked about the International Atomic Energy Agency’s inspection of the Parchin military complex and its report of “significant progress” in its investigation of Iran’s past nuclear activity, which Tehran says has been totally peaceful.

“For a long time Iran had resisted cooperating with any sort of inspections IAEA wanted to do,” Earnest claimed, Reuters reported. “And as a result of the international pressure that built up over time, principally because of the tough economic sanctions that the US put in place and got the rest of the international community to go along with, we now see indications that Iran is cooperating with IAEA inspections.”

Iran denies the claim that sanctions compelled it to enter into the recent nuclear agreement with major powers, but since President Hassan Rouhani took office in 2013 Tehran engaged more seriously in talks on a settlement and increased its cooperation with the IAEA to help resolve an “unnecessary” dispute.