The Straits Times
Published on Nov 09, 2012

UN nuke agency to meet with Iran next month


VIENNA (AP) - Officials from Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog will meet in Teheran next month in an attempt to restart stalled nuclear talks, the international agency announced on Friday.

Such a meeting would be the first since early summer. The talks have been halted over Iran's reluctance to grant access to sites that the UN nuclear agency suspects could have been used in secret work on nuclear weapons. Iran denies any such work, and says all of its nuclear activities are for peaceful purposes.

The spokesman for the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mr George Webb, announced that the talks will take place on Dec 13 in Tehran.

"The aim is to conclude the structured approach to resolving outstanding issues related to Iran's nuclear programme," Mr Webb said in an e-mail to journalists.