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Jun 4, 2014 9:01 AM by Associated Press

West: Iran must clear up nuclear arms allegations

VIENNA (AP) - The U.S. and its allies are sticking to demands that Iran clear up all suspicions it worked on nuclear arms if it wants full sanctions relief - but suggest that won't happen by the July 20 target date.

Iran and six world powers have set that date for a deal limiting Tehran's nuclear programs in exchange for an end to sanctions. The West says the agreement also must include a conclusion on whether or Tehran worked on such weapons.

But a U.N. probe has just restarted and senior U.S. envoy Joseph Macmanus on Wednesday called the informal deadline "ambitious." Canadian chief delegate Mark Bailey said such investigations take years.

They spoke outside a meeting of the U.N. atomic agency conducting the probe. Tehran denies any interest in nuclear arms.

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