Dec 11, 2014 6:12 AM

UN nuke chief: more funds needed to monitor Iran

The Associated Press

VIENNA (AP) The head of the U.N. nuclear agency is asking key members of the organization to provide millions of dollars in extra funding that he says are needed to continue monitoring a deal temporarily restraining Iran's nuclear programs.

Yukiya Amano says the International Atomic Energy Organization needs 4.6 million euros ($5.7 million.) He spoke Thursday at a special meeting of the IAEA's 35-nation board called to discuss funding needs.

The interim deal was extended last month to allow Tehran and six world powers to continue negotiations on a longer-term agreement that would reduce nuclear activities Iran could use to make weapons in exchange for sanctions relief.

With the six powers interested in making a deal, they and like-minded countries are expected to meet Amano's request.

Tehran denies wanting nuclear arms.


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