IAEA: Efforts to negotiate with Iran were unsuccessful

The International Atomic Energy Agency announced on Wednesday that it was unsuccessful in its most recent efforts to negotiate with Iran about access to the country's nuclear facilities.

Herman Nackaerts, the deputy director general for safeguards for the IAEA, made the statement at the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Vienna. Nackaerts spoke to U.N. officials and representatives for other international organizations after his talks with Iranian officials. He said that despite intensive negotiations, the IAEA and Iran could not reach an agreement.

"We had intensive discussions today but could not finalize the structured approach document that has been under negotiation for a year and a half now," Nackaerts said. "Our commitment to continue dialogue is unwavering. However, we must recognize that our best efforts have not been successful so far. Therefore, we will continue to try and complete this process. A date for the next meeting has still to be set."

Nackaerts remarks were similar to a statement made in February. He said that time would be required to reflect on how the IAEA would act in the future in regards to Iran. In February, he would not comment on whether or not the agency made progress with Iran.

In April, the IAEA made an offer of good offices to Iran after the southeast part of the country experienced a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. It is part of the routine procedures of the Incident and Emergency Center with the IAEA to offer to help countries obtain assistance needed to ensure the safety of radioactive sources after an earthquake.

The Iran Nuclear Regulatory Authority said the earthquake did not affect the country's high-level radiation sources.