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Second day of Iran-IAEA talks begins in Tehran

Tehran, Oct 30, IRNA - Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) started the second day of their talks here Tuesday.

Iran's Deputy Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Javad Vaeedi and visiting Deputy IAEA Chief for Safeguards Olli Heinonen cochaired the second round of the talks, held at the secretariat of the SNSC.

Javad Vaeedi (left) and IAEA's Olli Heinonen

The talks are held within the framework of an agreement signed by officials from Iran and the IAEA in August and are likely to continue until Wednesday.

The first round of Vaeedi-Heinonen talks on P1 and P2 centrifuges was held in Tehran on October 9-11.

Deputy Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization for International Affairs Mohammad Saeedi and Iran's permanent envoy to IAEA, Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh, are members of the Iranian delegation to the talks.

Direct for Safeguards Operations Herman Nackartes, Hosoya Michio of the Division of Safeguards and IAEA Safeguards expert Malik Derrough comprise members of the IAEA negotiation team.

Talking to reporters at Mehrabad International Airport following the arrival in Tehran of Heinonen on Monday, Saeedi hoped that Iran and IAEA would finalize the issue of P1 and P2 centrifuges in this round of the negotiations.

He expressed hope that Heinonen would hold "constructive" talks with Iranian officials in Tehran on P1 and P2 centrifuges. He also hoped that the negotiating sides would attain their objectives in this round.

"If any outstanding issue remains about the P1 and P2 centrifuges, we will sum up the case in the next few days before the IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei presents his report," Saeedi said.

He added that Iran and IAEA have so far had two rounds of detailed talks on P1 and P2 centrifuges during which explicit negotiations were held by the two sides.

"The file on plutonium has been closed and the IAEA presented its evaluation on the issue in September. No question has remained in this regard," Saeedi reiterated.

He expressed hope that the two sides will reach a clear conclusion on P1 and P2 centrifuges in November.

Meanwhile, Heinonen expressed hope that he would hold "constructive" talks with Iranian officials in Tehran on P1 and P2 centrifuges.

The official declined to answer a question on how he evaluated the responses given by Iran to IAEA on P1 and P2 centrifuges.

Asked for his comments on the recent sanctions imposed unilaterally on Iran by the US, Heinonen said he would not answer the question as it was not within the IAEA responsibilities.

The result of Vaeedi-Heinonen talks would appear in a report by the agency's Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei, to be released in November.

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