Report on past Iran nuclear work could be ready by year end: IAEA

 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (3rd left), Austrian President Heinz Fischer (2nd right) and Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz (3-R) sit for a meeting in Vienna, Austria, on July 3, 2015.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (3rd left), Austrian President Heinz Fischer (2nd right) and Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz (3-R) sit for a meeting in Vienna, Austria, on July 3, 2015. PHOTO: EPA

VIENNA (REUTERS) - The UN nuclear watchdog can likely issue a report on its investigation into past Iranian research suspected of being linked to nuclear weapons development by the end of the year if Tehran cooperates, the agency's chief said on Saturday.

"With cooperation from Iran, I think we can issue a report by the end of the year on the assessment of the clarification of the issues related to the possible military dimensions," International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director-general Yukiya Amano told reporters.

Answering the IAEA's so far unresolved questions about the possible military dimensions (PMD) of past Iranian nuclear research will be a condition for easing some sanctions on Iran if Teheran and six powers succeed in agreeing on an historic nuclear accord in Vienna, diplomats close to the talks say.