Iran and the U.N.’s nuclear chief had agreed to resolve all outstanding issues with the agency and would allow expanded monitoring of the country’s nuclear facilities.
Those talks ended without a deal that would have eased economic sanctions for assurances Iran would not pursue producing nuclear weapons.
Although the agreement is a step forward to Iran’s cooperation with the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency, the initial “roadmap” for wider inspections did not extend to one of the most contentious locations, notably a military site outside Tehran.
Chances of a bigger deal
Iran was quick to promote the deal at a joint press conference, as a sign of progress toward reaching a wider agreement with the U.S. and other world powers when negotiations resume.
The pact certainly contributes to the chances of a bigger agreement. Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), have been working in Iran for several years, but have complained of some limitations in reaching some areas and workers.
The framework would provide IAEA access to a major uranium mine an the area of a planned heavy water reactor.