|Iran to expand cooperation with IAEA: Salehi||
TEHRAN – Iran’s new nuclear energy chief pledged increased cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog on Monday, less than two weeks before the two sides hold a new round of talks over Tehran’s nuclear activities, according to Reuters.
“I have come here with a message of my newly elected president (Hassan Rohani) to further enhance and expand our ongoing cooperation with the agency,” Ali Akbar Salehi told the annual meeting of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) member states.
The aim was to “put an end to the so-called Iranian nuclear file”, Salehi, appointed last month as head of Iran’s nuclear energy organization, told the conference in a speech.
A new round of talks between Iran and the IAEA is scheduled to be held in Vienna on September 27.
The meeting will 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 activities.
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 remaining issues.
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