Iran promises to come clean on its nuclear program(Read article summary)
It says it will provide answers to remaining questions to the IAEA within four weeks.
Following talks with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over the weekend, Iran has agreed to answer remaining questions about its nuclear program within four weeks, the UN watchdog announced Sunday.
The announcement comes in the wake of an apparent confrontation between Iranian patrols and US warships in the Strait of Hormuz, and in the midst of US President George Bush's tour of the Middle East.
IAEA head Mohammed El Baradei, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who met Friday and Saturday in Tehran, "agreed that a "work plan" on ending the Iran nuclear standoff should be completed in that window, reported Agence France-Presse.
The deputy chief of Iran's atomic energy agency, Mohammed Saidi, confirmed the timeframe, the country's state news agency IRNA reported.
"Iran will respond within the space of four weeks to the remaining questions so that the IAEA can make a transparent report on the Iranian nuclear programme," said Saidi.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran has nothing to hide, and that's why it does not fear answering the remaining questions. I am optimistic."
However, diplomats in Vienna, where the IAEA is based, expressed scepticism that Iran would come clean about its nuclear activities within the new timeframe.
And the United States said the agreement does not go far enough, insisting the Islamic republic suspend uranium enrichment.
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