|IAEA says Iran talks moved to Feb.13||
TEHRAN – The UN nuclear watchdog and Iran will hold talks over Tehran’s nuclear program on February 13, a day later than planned, the Vienna-based UN agency said on Tuesday, according to Reuters.
The International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran failed in two days of discussions last week to agree a framework deal to resume an IAEA investigation into Iran’s nuclear program.
The agency said after the January 16-17 negotiations that the two sides would meet again on February 12 in Tehran. An IAEA spokeswoman said the date had now been changed, giving no further details.
The IAEA has called on Iran to sign and implement a structured approach document to resolve the outstanding issues and has stated that gaining access to the Parchin military site, which is located southeast of Tehran, is a priority for the UN nuclear watchdog.
The IAEA has claimed that Iran might have been trying to sanitize the Parchin site of any incriminating evidence of explosive tests that would indicate efforts to design nuclear weapons. However, Iran has dismissed the claim, calling it “baseless”.
Tehran rejected requests by IAEA delegations to inspect the Parchin site during their visits to Iran in January and February 2012 and has made it clear that access to the site would not be possible before an agreement is reached on the structured approach document
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