POLITICS

Iran says 'roadmap' deal reached for wider UN inspections of nuclear sites

11/11/2013 05:24 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 06:56 EST
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's state TV says a deal for expanded monitoring has been reached in talks with the U.N. nuclear chief in a deal that could boost wider negotiations over Tehran's atomic program.

The TV says the deal was struck on Monday in talks with U.N. nuclear chief Yukiya Amano.

It's a so-called "roadmap" that will give U.N. inspectors a broader reach, including access to a heavy water reactor under construction and a key uranium mine.

The talks in Tehran came after envoys from Iran and world powers failed over the weekend in Geneva to reach an accord on efforts to ease Western concerns that Iran could one day develop nuclear weapons — an assertion Iran denies.

Those negotiations, between Iran and the world powers, are scheduled to resume next week.