Russia, West Differ on U.N. Report on Iran’s Nuclear Program

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FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007 file photo, an Iranian technician works at the Uranium Conversion Facility just outside the city of Isfahan 255 miles (410 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran. State TV says the Guardian Council, Iran's constitutional watchdog, ratified a bill Wednesday, June 24, 2015, banning access to military sites and scientists as Tehran and world powers approach a deadline for reaching a comprehensive nuclear deal. The bill would allow for international inspections of Iranian nuclear sites within the framework of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
In this 2007 file photo, an Iranian technician works at the Uranium Conversion Facility just outside the city of Isfahan 255 miles (410 km) south of the capital Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Russia and the West are divided on how well the U.N. atomic agency is reporting on whether Tehran is meeting its commitments. Western nations want more details while Moscow opposes their push.

Because all six want to avoid conflicts that could complicate Iranian compliance with a deal that was years in the making, their differences are mostly playing out behind the scenes.

Moscow’s chief delegate to the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is monitoring the deal, acknowledges there is a dispute that could affect the amount of information made public about Iran’s nuclear program in the future.

The IAEA board plans to discuss the agency’s latest Iran report Tuesday. Ahead of that, Vladimir Voronkov says Moscow is happy with the document but some countries would like “more details.”