A team of UN nuclear inspectors has arrived in Tehran for what analysts describe as make-or-break talks on Iran’s nuclear programme, which could either defuse or escalate the looming crisis in the Gulf.
The outcome of the two-day visit by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be closely scrutinized around the world at a time of rising military tensions and tit-for-tat oil embargoes between Iran and the west.
The IAEA is due to deliver its latest report on Iran within the next two weeks. If it concludes that Tehran is being co-operative, it will help prepare the ground for broader talks between the Iranian government and a six-nation group of major powers (US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, known as the P5+1) on Iran’s nuclear future.
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