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IAEA, Iran discuss action plan to resolve nuclear dispute
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Special report: Iran Nuclear Crisis

‘€A IAEA delegation Wednesday held the first round of talks with Iranian officials. 
‘€The two sides will continue negotiations until Thursday.
‘€The team is expected to hold talks with Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) deputy director Olli Heinonen (3rd L) attends a meeting with Aliasghar Soltaniyeh (4th R), Iran's IAEA Ambassador, Iran's deputy nuclear negotiator Javad Vaeedi (3th R) and deputy head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Mohammad Saeedi (2nd R) in Tehran July 11, 2007. Heinonen is in Iran to test Tehran's latest promise to answer questions about its nuclear agenda under the threat of stiffer sanctions. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

    TEHRAN, July 11 (Xinhua) -- A delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Wednesday held the first round of talks with Iranian officials to discuss an action plan to resolve the nuclear dispute, the official IRNA news agency reported.

    The three-hour marathon talks was held at Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) and the two sides will continue negotiations until Thursday, IRNA said.

    None of the relative officials made any comments so far, the report said, adding that the results of the talks are to be declared on Thursday afternoon.

    The IAEA delegation was led by its deputy head for safeguards Olli Heinonen, while the Iranian team was chaired by Deputy Secretary of the SNSC for International Affairs Javad Vaeedi.

    The IAEA team arrived in Iran on Wednesday morning in a bid to draw up a framework to resolve the dispute over the country's nuclear program.

    The team is expected to hold talks with Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani during its three-day stay in Iran. The talks would be within the frameworks of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the IAEA safeguards, according to IRNA. The idea to draw up the framework was put forward by Larijanilast month when he was in Madrid, Spain for talks with the European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana about Iran's nuclear program.

    Late last month, in a meeting with the IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei in Vienna, Larijani invited a delegation from the IAEA to visit Iran and hold talks with Iranian officials overdrawing an action plan to put an end to the stalemate between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog.

President: Iran not to halt nuclear enrichment work

    TEHRAN, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that his country would not suspend its uranium enrichment, the official IRNA news agency reported.

    "No one should expect us to give up our rights and suspend the trend of activities," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying. Full story

Britain warns Iran against triggering nuclear arms races in Mideast

    LONDON, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Britain's new Foreign Secretary Dtriggering vid Miliband has warned Iran that the British government would maintain a tough stance on Tehran's nuclear ambitions, The Financial Times reported Monday.

    In his first interview since becoming foreign secretary 10 days ago, Miliband told the paper that Iran "has every right to be secure, rich country" but "doesn't have the right to set off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East" and "the right to undermine the stability of its neighbors".  Full story

Official: Iran takes practical steps with IAEA to resolve dispute

    TEHRAN, July 4 (Xinhua) -- An Iranian official said on Wednesday that Tehran has taken practical steps to resolve the outstanding nuclear issues with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the official IRNA news agency reported.

    Iran's Under-Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council(SNSC) for International Affairs Javad Vaeedi said Secretary of the SNSC "Ali Larijani has invited IAEA inspectors to visit Iran to resolve the technical issues with the specialized agency, preferring the IAEA to the United Nations Security Council."  Full story

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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