It appears that the United Nations nuclear watchdog has achieved in days what could not have been gained in the years-long conflict with Iran. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano has returned after having a successful dialogue with Iranian officials in Tehran. UN officials are boasting of nearing a deal with Iran over the country’s controversial nuclear program. Iranian officials were reportedly convinced during the dialogue to open the controversial sites for inspection of the IAEA inspectors. Indeed, it is a positive development in years over the nuclear program of Iran.
The IAEA chief convinced Iran for inspection of some alleged nuclear sites including Parchin, where it is believed the country is trying to develop atomic bomb.
Iranian officials have also termed dialogue with the IAEA chief as positive and very successful.
The international community is now ready to press Iran further for a positive outcome during the Baghdad summit on Wednesday.
United States officials believe that the conciliatory attitude of Iran was due to the increased economic sanctions and political pressures on the country.
European Union recently slapped oil embargo that will be implemented from July 1. India has also succumbed to the US pressure and announced to reduce 11 percent of its oil import from Iran during the current fiscal year. India has also hinted at more reduction in the import of petroleum products in the coming years if the country is provided with sufficient supply from other Gulf countries.
Many discerning analysts believe that if the IAEA succeeds in sealing a deal with Iran for unveiling of the controversial nuclear sites, it would be a major breakthrough in the dialogue process. The international community will be satisfied with the nuclear program of the country if the UN nuclear watchdog clears the nuclear sites after a thorough inspection.
Iran had been reluctant to allow the inspectors access to Parchin. Parchin is a military base of the country. Intelligence agencies of the United States and Israel suspect the country is covertly using enriched uranium to develop atomic bomb.
Previously, Iran denied IAEA’s inspectors access to the site despite pressure from the international community and sanctions by the United States. But now it appears that Iran is willing to allow the inspectors access to the controversial site as well.
If Iran's nuclear sites are cleared by the IAEA inspectors, Iran is the country that will benefit the most.