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Nuke deal won't clear up questions about Iran's past weapons work on Day 1, officials say

FILE - In this June 8, 20`5 file photo, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano of Japan speaks during a news conference after a meeting of the IAEA board of governors at the International Center in Vienna, Austria. World powers are prepared to accept a nuclear agreement with Iran that doesn’t immediately answer questions about past atomic weapons work, U.S. and Western officials said, even though Washington had previously declared such concerns must be resolved in any final deal. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)

FILE - In this June 8, 20`5 file photo, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano of Japan speaks during a news conference after a meeting of the IAEA board of governors at the International Center in Vienna, Austria. World powers are prepared to accept a nuclear agreement with Iran that doesn’t immediately answer questions about past atomic weapons work, U.S. and Western officials said, even though Washington had previously declared such concerns must be resolved in any final deal. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)  (The Associated Press)

U.S. and Western officials say world powers are prepared to accept an Iran nuclear agreement that doesn't immediately answer questions about past atomic weapons work — even though Washington has said those concerns must be resolved in a final deal.

The Obama administration said after a November 2013 interim accord that a comprehensive solution "would include resolution of questions concerning the possible military dimension of Iran's nuclear program."

Officials say that won't happen by a June 30 deadline, but a deal is still reachable.

Much of Iran's alleged atomic weapons work predates 2003. But Western intelligence agencies say they don't know for certain the extent of Iran's activities or if covert efforts have continued.

Talks continue over sites and scientists the U.N. wants access to for its investigation.