Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran
Saeed Jalili, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council who acts as Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, will hold informal talks with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Istanbul on Tuesday.
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili (right) with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton - Moscow, June 2012
Ashton leads the major powers (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) in nuclear talks with Iran.
A spokeswoman for Ashton said on Monday that the meeting "is part of continuing efforts to engage with Iran, led by the High Representative, and in line with the understandings reached at the negotiating round in Moscow in June."
"While it is not a formal negotiating round, the meeting will be an opportunity to stress once again to Iran the need for an urgent and meaningful confidence building step and to show more flexibility with the proposals... tabled in Baghdad (on May 23 and 24)," she stated.
The latest round of high-level talks between Iran and world powers was held in Moscow on June 18 and 19.
After the Moscow talks, both sides agreed to hold expert talks, the most recent round of which was held in Istanbul on July 24.
IAEA says will hold more talks with Iran
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will hold further talks with Iran, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano announced in Vienna on Monday, Reuters reported.
The UN nuclear watchdog is "firmly committed" to intensifying dialogue with Iran, Amano told the IAEA's annual member state gathering.
"We will continue negotiations with Iran on a structured approach to resolving all outstanding issues," Amano added, noting, "I hope we can reach agreement without further delay, to be followed by immediate implementation," he said.
The IAEA has called on Iran to sign and implement a structured approach document to resolve the outstanding issues and has stated that gaining access to the Parchin military site, which is located southeast of Tehran, is a priority for the UN nuclear watchdog.
The IAEA has claimed that Iran might have been trying to sanitize the Parchin site of any incriminating evidence of explosive tests that would indicate efforts to design nuclear weapons. However, Iran has dismissed the claim, calling it "baseless".
Tehran rejected requests by IAEA delegations to inspect the Parchin site during their visits to Iran from January 29 to 31 and February 21 to 22 and has made it clear that access to the site would not be possible before an agreement is reached on the structured approach document.
The latest round of talks between Iran and the IAEA was held in Vienna on August 24.
IAEA resolution casts doubt on benefit of NPT: Larijani
Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has said that the most recent resolution issued against Iran by the International Atomic Energy Agency raises doubt about the benefit of being a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani (file photo)
Larijani made the remarks in a speech during an open session of the Majlis on Sunday in reference to the resolution that the 35-member IAEA Board of Governors adopted in Vienna on Thursday, which condemned Iran's refusal to meet international demands to curb uranium enrichment and its alleged failure to allay international concerns about its nuclear program.
The Iranian parliament speaker said, "The recent resolution by the Board of Governors raises this question for the public: What is the benefit of the NPT and membership in the International Atomic Energy Agency for countries?
"If Iran had not been committed to the NPT, would Western countries have taken other measures?"
He stated that IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano has a responsibility to encourage the world's countries to join the NPT, adding, "Will Mr. Amano be able to succeed in his job through such high-handed decision-making?"
"If the path taken by the West and the United States is the adoption of resolutions and sanctions against Iran, then why are they seeking negotiations between Iran and Western countries? However, these countries must be aware that the result of the negotiations is predetermined with the adoption of such an attitude," Larijani noted.
He also said, "The main text of the resolution was definitely drafted by a few Western countries. It seems that certain tyrannical countries made their intention to make excessive demands at the 5+1 talks more public with (their) insistence on the adoption of the resolution."
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