|Iran, IAEA hold meeting in Tehran||
TEHRAN – A spokeswoman for the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed on Tuesday that Iran and the UN agency held a meeting in Tehran on the same day, but said the UN nuclear watchdog was not planning to issue a statement about the one-day meeting, Reuters reported.
Iranian and IAEA experts were expected to evaluate the implementation of a framework agreement on further cooperation that Iran and the UN nuclear agency signed in Tehran last November and hold talks on further cooperation.
The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said on Sunday that Tehran expected the UN nuclear agency to deal with Iran in a businesslike and not in a political way.
IAEA inspectors have visited a number of Iranian nuclear sites, including the Arak heavy water reactor in Markazi Province, as part of the framework agreement.
According to Iranian officials, Tehran has no commitments based on the safeguards agreement to allow such inspections, but it agreed to do so to show the country’s will to resolve the dispute over its nuclear program.
The Iran-IAEA discussions are separate from, but closely linked to, negotiations between Tehran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) on the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program.
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