U.N. nuclear chief says confident of U.S. cooperation on Iran deal


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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano addresses a news conference after a board of governors meeting at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

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VIENNA (Reuters) - The chief of the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Monday he was confident following a visit to Washington of "very good cooperation" with the United States on Iran's nuclear deal, despite President Donald Trump's hawkish comments.

The 2015 agreement between Iran and major powers restricts Tehran's nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of sanctions against the Islamic Republic, but Trump has called it "the worst deal ever negotiated" and said he wants to "police that contract so tough (the Iranians) don't have a chance".

"I am confident that we can have very good cooperation with the United States in the future," International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano told a news conference in Vienna. He met U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington last Thursday.

(Reporting by Francois Murphy and Shadia Nasralla; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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