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The scope of this study probably means that the six world powers trying to negotiate a deal with Iran over its nuclear program won't have the U.N.'s final judgment on Iran's disputed past activities by July 20, when they hope to complete a deal to curb Iran's nuclear activities.
This approach leaves to the six world powers the tough job of deciding whether Iran has sought a nuclear capability, adding a further challenge to a negotiation that is already difficult, said David Albright, a nuclear weapons specialist with the Institute for Science and International Security.
The exhaustive approach "does make sense – but the problem is in the timing," said Albright, a former weapons inspector. "They're going to take their sweet time; they don't understand the need to speed up."
The quarterly report indicated that Iran has complied with much, but not yet all, of what is required of it under the interim nuclear deal signed with the world powers in November. Iranian officials have provided more information to the IAEA on its investigation into possible military dimensions of its nuclear program.