The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei said Wednesday in Sarajevo that Iran's decision to discuss its alleged activities with nuclear weapons is a milestone, reported the dpa.
"Iran has agreed to discuss this topic, which is really the only remaining topic for us to investigate about the past and present Iran nuclear activities," ElBaradei told reporters in Sarajevo, during his visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he is to receive a peace prize later Wednesday.
"It is my understanding that hopefully by the end of May we will be in a position to get the explanation and clarification from Iran as to these alleged (nuclear weapon) studies. This, in my view, is a positive step and I hope we will be able to clarify within the next few weeks this important issue," he said.
Last February, ElBaradei circulated a progress report on the investigation, saying that questions remained on alleged weaponization studies, including high explosives testing, the uranium refining processing stage known as "green salt," and the design of a missile re-entry vehicle.
The West fears that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons which Tehran denies, insisting its nuclear programme is peaceful and aimed at generating electricity.
The United Nations Security Council has already issued three resolutions against Iran, including sanctions, for defying the suspension of its nuclear programmes, especially the uranium enrichment process.