|IAEA optimistic about Iran nuclear talks: Amano||
TEHRAN – Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano has given a cautious optimism of the future of the talks with Iran over its nuclear energy program, AFP reported.
Speaking at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington on Friday, Amano acknowledged that the material and facilities placed under the IAEA Safeguards in Iran are used for peaceful purposes.
Asked about Iran’s new proposal presented to the IAEA, he said, “There is some substance in the new proposal by Iran.”
The UN nuclear agency chief said Iran and the IAEA held “very productive” negotiations in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on October 28-29.
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi presented the country’s new approach to its nuclear energy program in a meeting with the IAEA director general on October 28.
The two sides agreed to hold the next round of the expert-level talks in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on November 11.
The Vienna meeting between Iran and the IAEA came as Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Britain, China, France, Russia and the U.S. - plus Germany held two days of negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear energy program in Geneva, Switzerland, on October 15-16.
Iran and the six countries have agreed to meet again in the Swiss city on November 7-8.
The United States, Israel and some of their European allies have accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. Iran has categorically rejected the allegation.
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