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05/12/08

3rd round of Iran-IAEA nuclear talks begins in Tehran


Tehran, May 12, IRNA - Iranian officials and a technical delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) started their third round of negotiations at Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) in Tehran on Monday.

An informed official told IRNA that Herman Nackaerts, director for regional department of Safeguards Operation, heads the IAEA delegation, while Ali-Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's permanent envoy to IAEA, chairs Iranian team in this round of negotiations.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, also said that the three-day negotiations are being held at expert level.

According to the official, a number of experts from Ministry of Foreign Affairs were scheduled to take part in the talks.

Technical delegations of both sides held talks about two weeks ago from April 28-30.

After the release of a report by IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei on February 22, the first round of technical talks between Iran and IAEA was held, headed by Olli Heinonen, deputy director general and head of Department of Safeguards.

Tehran addressed all questions raised by the International Atomic Energy Agency in order to remove the West's concern on its peaceful nuclear program based on a work plan signed on August 21.

Therefore, Iran even provided its own reality-based assessment of alleged studies.

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