U.N. Nuclear Chief: Iran Must Honor Deal ‘For Many Years’

VIENNA (AP) -
FILE - In this March 5, 2013, file photo, a view of the U.N. building with the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, office inside, at the International Center, in Vienna, Austria. Iran has agreed to cooperate with the U.N. in answering longstanding allegations about possible past work to develop nuclear weapons at its Parchin plant, but only with the Iranians conducting the inspections themselves. A draft of the Parchin document, as seen by The Associated Press, essentially cedes the Parchin inspection to Iran, allowing it to collect its own environmental samples on the site and carry out other work usually done by IAEA experts. The IAEA will be able to review the Iranians’ work after the fact. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)
A view of the U.N. building with the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, office at the International Center, in Vienna, Austria. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)

The head of the U.N. nuclear agency suggests that Iran’s initial compliance with an atomic deal is only a first step, saying Tehran must continue to honor its commitments in the years ahead.

International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano spoke Monday at the opening of the organization’s 35-nation board meeting.

The IAEA is monitoring Iran’s compliance with a nuclear deal with six world powers implemented in December. In its first report last month, it noted that Iran was in — or quickly got into — line with its obligations.

But with the agreement extending to more than a decade, Amano says Iran “has to implement its commitments … for many years to come.”

Iran agreed to crimp its nuclear programs in return for sanctions relief under the deal.