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UN team begins nuclear talks in Iran

Published on Jan 17, 2013 6:10 AM
 
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (centre) attends a parliament session to addresses lawmakers on the counrty's economic situation in Teheran on Jan 16, 2013. Experts from the United Nation's (UN) nuclear watchdog agency held talks in Teheran on Wednesday to seek a way forward in resolving perennial concerns over Iran's nuclear programme, media reports said. -- PHOTO: AFP

TEHERAN (AFP) - Experts from the United Nation's (UN) nuclear watchdog agency held talks in Teheran on Wednesday to seek a way forward in resolving perennial concerns over Iran's nuclear programme, media reports said.

A team led by the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) chief inspector Herman Nackaerts and one headed by Teheran's IAEA representative Ali Ashghar Soltanieh kicked off talks to "find a solution to concerns and questions raised by the IAEA," the ISNA news agency reported.

ISNA later said that, after "technical discussions", the two sides had agreed to meet again on Thursday.

On Tuesday, before flying out from the agency's base in Vienna, Nackaerts had called on Iran to be "constructive". He also repeated "hope" that Iran would grant access to Parchin, a military base near Teheran where the agency's experts suspect Iran could have carried out experiments with explosives capable of triggering a nuclear weapon.

 
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