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09/02/13

New round of Iran-IAEA talks set for late September: Salehi

Source: Press TV

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi says a fresh round of talks between Iran and the UN nuclear agency will be held in the Austrian capital, Vienna, in late September.


Ali Akbar Salehi (L) with Iranian President Hassan Rohani

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Salehi added that talks between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have been agreed upon.

He noted that the new round of negotiations will be held between Iran and the Agency in Vienna on September 27.

Salehi stated that the talks would focus on the issue of "alleged studies," which refers to studies that Western countries claim Iran has conducted on the production of nuclear weapons.


International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Addressing a high-level international IAEA conference in St Petersburg, Russia, on June 27, director general of the UN nuclear agency, Yukiya Amano, said the body will continue dialog with Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program.

"We'll continue the dialog with the country and it will be aimed at achieving concrete results," the IAEA chief added.

The new round of Iran-IAEA talks will be the 11th round of discussions between the two sides since early last year. The two sides last met in Vienna on May 15.

Iran recently appointed Reza Najafi to replace Ali Asghar Soltanieh as its representative at the UN nuclear agency.

The US, Israel and some of their allies falsely claim that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with Washington and the European Union using the unfounded allegation as a pretext to impose illegal sanctions on Iran.

Tehran strongly rejects the groundless claim over its nuclear activities, maintaining that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Meanwhile, numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities by the IAEA have never found any evidence showing that the Iranian nuclear energy program has been diverted toward non-civilian purposes.

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