|Iran, IAEA to hold first nuclear talks since Rohani election||
TEHRAN – The UN nuclear watchdog and Iran will hold a new round of talks on September 27 over Tehran’s nuclear program, the first such meeting since Hassan Rohani took office as Iranian president, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
The meeting will be held in Vienna, a spokeswoman for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said. It would be the 11th round of discussions between the two sides since early 2012.
Iran and the IAEA last met in May, without achieving a breakthrough that would allow the UN agency to resume further investigation into Iran’s nuclear program.
Reza Najafi, the former director of Iran’s Foreign Ministry department for disarmament and international security, was appointed on Tuesday as Iran’s new ambassador to international organizations in Vienna, including the IAEA. He is expected to represent the Islamic Republic in the talks.
Former Iranian ambassador to the IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh used to lead negotiations between Iran and the UN nuclear agency.
The Iran-IAEA discussions are separate from, but still closely linked to, broader negotiations between Tehran and six world powers aimed at an overall political solution to the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program, which the West claims may be geared to developing nuclear weapons.
Iran says it is enriching uranium only to fuel nuclear power stations, and for medical purposes.
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.
Iran has made it clear that access to the “conventional” military site would not be possible before an agreement is reached on the structured approach document.
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