1. IMPROVEMENT?

    UN: Iran Makes Diplomatic Progress

    A picture obtained from Iran's ISNA news agency shows IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards, Tero Varjoranta (R), and Iran's new ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Reza Najafi (L) shaking hands after reaching an agreement, in Tehran on February 9, 2014. Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog agreed on new "practical" steps to increase transparency over Tehran's controversial nuclear work, although a suspect military site remained off-limits. AFP PHOTO/ISNA/AMIR POURMAND        (Photo credit should read AMIR POURMAND/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The UN's nuclear watchdog offered a hopeful but mixed report on Iran's progress in working with the international community. During the Feb. 8-9 talks in Tehran, Iran agreed to take several new measures to alleviate concerns about its nuclear technology and become more transparent. However, "There are still a lot of outstanding issues," said Tero Varjoranta, deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran continues to deny claims that it intends to make nuclear weapons, but Varjoranta said the agency must still investigate whether the country's nuclear program has possible military links.

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