|Iran, IAEA to hold new round of talks on Sept. 27: Salehi||
TEHRAN – The director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has confirmed news reports that Iran and the UN nuclear agency will hold a meeting this month.
“Iran and the agency will hold talks about the alleged (nuclear weapons) studies in Vienna on September 27,” Ali Akbar Salehi told reporters after a cabinet meeting on Sunday.
The meeting will be the 11th round of discussions between the two sides since early 2012.
Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (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, has recently been appointed as Iran’s new ambassador to the IAEA. He is expected to represent the Islamic Republic in the talks.
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.
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