|IAEA to be involved in Iran-5+1 expert meetings: spokesperson||
TEHRAN – The International Atomic Energy Agency will be involved in the expert meetings between negotiators from Iran and the six major powers on Tehran’s nuclear program, according to the UN nuclear agency.
The IAEA - which will be tasked with verifying that Iran carries out its part of the November 24 interim accord - "will have some involvement" in the meeting, IAEA spokeswoman Gill Tudor said, without elaborating, Reuters reported.
Iran and six world powers plan expert-level talks on December 9 and 10 to work out details of implementing a breakthrough agreement for Tehran to limit its nuclear activities in return for a limited easing of sanctions.
Officials from Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China, and Russia are to meet in Vienna, where the UN nuclear watchdog agency is based, diplomats said on Friday.
Western diplomats said the experts must iron out nitty gritty matters of implementation not addressed in Geneva before the deal can be put into practice.
These include how and when the IAEA will conduct its expanded inspections and other technical issues.
The landmark agreement is seen as a first step toward resolving a decade-old dispute over Iran's nuclear program.
Diplomats say implementation may start in January after the technical details have been settled.
Officials from the office of European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who coordinates talks with Iran on behalf of the six states, will attend the meeting in Vienna.
Iran's envoy to the IAEA last week said the implementation phase of the interim accord was expected to begin by early January. Western diplomats said a start to sanctions relief would hinge on verification by UN inspectors that Iran was fulfilling its side of the deal.
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