Iran Continues N. Talks with IAEA

A03345824.jpgIranian nuclear officials and a visiting team from the UN nuclear watchdog held talks to clarify outstanding questions about Iran’s atomic work. The talks with International Atomic Energy Agency officials “will continue in the next two or three days,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini told the state broadcaster IRIB.

“The delegation from the international atomic energy organization has arrived in Iran and their negotiations are a continuation of the previous talks and in the same framework,” he was quoted as saying.

There were three previous rounds of talks earlier this summer, one in Vienna and two in Tehran.

IAEA chief Mohamed El-Baradei earlier this month praised Iran’s cooperation with the agency as a significant step, but urged Tehran to answer all questions before the end of the year.

Iran has vowed to carry on its uranium enrichment, insisting its program is peaceful and geared solely toward producing electricity. The United States and key Western allies accuse Tehran of covertly trying to build a nuclear weapon, but they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations.

Tehran last month allowed IAEA inspectors to revisit a heavy-water reactor under construction outside Arak, central Iran.

The UN Security Council has already slapped two sets of sanctions, mostly economic and mainly targeting Iran’s nuclear and missile programs.

Iran has rejected both resolutions as illegal, saying it won’t give up its Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) right to enrich uranium and produce nuclear fuel.

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