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The IAEA inspectors are set to return to Iran on February 21. The agency said in a terse press statement from its headquarters in Vienna that it is "committed to intensifying dialog. It remains essential to make progress on substantive issues." Diplomats said a road map for going forward remains to be finalized even if the Iranians apparently told Nackaerts they were ready to answer questions about possible military dimensions of their nuclear work. If the Iranians do this, it will be a major breakthrough.
The Iranians have refused to clarify these issues and have blocked any meetings about them since August 2008. Their stonewalling this week over Parchin is not a good sign nor is a past during which the Iranians have agreed to talks when threatened with sanctions or other such measures, only to delay answering while they drag out talks as long as possible.