Amano: Iran nuclear talks going in circles

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, said on Monday that talks between the IAEA and Iran about Iran's attempts at a nuclear program are going in circles.

Iran has been attempting to crate a nuclear program for the past 18 years. It is only since 2003, however, that the international community has known about Iran's efforts to make nuclear devices. After an outcry of concern from the international community, Iran said its nuclear program was meant for peaceful purposes.

"Despite the intensified dialogue between the Agency and Iran since January 2012, during which time 10 rounds of talks have been held, no agreement has been reached," Amano said. "To be frank, for some time now, we have been going around in circles. This is not the right way to address issues of such great importance to the international community, including Iran."

The IAEA has been engaged with officials from Tehran in attempts to negotiate the outstanding issues regarding the nuclear program. Iran has continued to make heavy water, which is a clear contravention to the resolutions placed by the IAEA.

"First and foremost, Iran has to address the Agency's requirement to conduct effective verification," Amano said. "Unless Iran does so, it will not be possible for the Agency to resolve outstanding issues, including those relating to possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear programme."