Iran-IAEA talks to focus on matters of ‘substance’

Iran’s Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says the forthcoming talks between Tehran and the UN nuclear agency will focus on issues of “substance.”

“During the negotiations, we will talk about everything, but it is not clear whether agreement would be achieved. To achieve an agreement, certain conditions should be met,” Reza Najafi said on Sunday.

Najafi will be heading the Iranian delegation to the talks, while IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards Herman Nackaerts will lead the agency’s team.

The negotiations will likely continue for two days, said the Iranian envoy.

The last round of talks between Iran and the IAEA – the first to take place under the administration of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani – was held on September 27. Afterwards Nackaerts hailed the meeting as “very constructive.”

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for International and Legal Affairs Abbas Araqchi is scheduled to hold a meeting with IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano on Monday in Vienna ahead of legal and technical talks between the two countries’ representatives.

Araqchi said the talks with Amano “will focus on Iran’s new approach to negotiations” with the IAEA aimed at resolving the “two sides’ ambiguities and questions.”

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran has categorically rejected the allegation, stressing that as a committed member of the IAEA and a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), 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 program has been diverted toward non-civilian objectives.

By Press TV


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