Iran’s Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Reza Najafi has expressed hope that the upcoming talks between Tehran and the agency over the country’s nuclear energy program will produce “good results.”
“This is the first session to be held with the agency after the inauguration of the new [Iranian] administration. We hope the session will be a good beginning for the planned process, which is constructive interaction between the two sides,” Najafi told reporters ahead of the talks.
He, however, emphasized that no one should expect “all issues to be resolved in a one round of negotiations.”
Iran and the UN nuclear agency are scheduled to open a new round of talks in the Austrian capital, Vienna, later on Friday.
The Vienna meeting comes hours after Thursday’s ministerial-level nuclear talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States – plus Germany in New York.
The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with the US and European Union using the claim as an excuse to impose illegal sanctions against Tehran.
Iran has categorically rejected the allegation against its peaceful nuclear energy program, stressing that as a committed member of the IAEA and a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities, but has never found any evidence showing that the Iranian nuclear energy program has been diverted toward military objectives.
By Press TV
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