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Iran-IAEA talks to resume

Vienna, May 3, IRNA - Iran and the UN nuclear agency will resume talks on enhanced cooperation between the two parties, Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency has said.

Ali Asghar Soltanieh, said that the second series of discussions that started last week for three days will be resumed in the next ten days.

Iran said that the talks should be interpreted in the context of development of Iranian nuclear program citing fuel cycle and the agency's systematic monitoring.

Western scientists, who have seen slides of Iranian nuclear sites broadcast on national media, admired Iranians for the modern fuel cycle and the advanced centrifuges.

Soltanieh made no mention of an agreement announced by the IAEA after the first round that Iran would answer the allegations during May and instead said the latest meetings were in line with a more general accord from August 2007.

"Iran responded to all the ambiguities mentioned by the IAEA in line with the agreement (of August 2007) and is ready to respond to all the questions and ambiguities as part of its cooperation with the agency, just like any state," he said.

The latest talks involved Soltanieh and other top officials from Iran' s Atomic Energy Organization.

The IAEA was represented by its deputy director general Olli Heinonen while other officials remained to continue the discussions.

Iran got a clean health bill from the UN's nuclear agency on February 22 after Tehran reached an agreement on a Modality Plan according to which the agency had undertaken to verify civilian nature of Iran's program upon answers to be provided by Iran to the outstanding issues during a specified time.

"The agency verifies that the answers provided by Iran supports the documentation," the IAEA report said.

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