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Iran, IAEA to meet over modality for cooperation: Iranian official

English.news.cn   2012-12-11 21:55:37            

TEHRAN, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- A senior Iranian official said Tuesday that experts from Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are due to hold a new round of talks in Tehran on Thursday to discuss a modality for the two sides' cooperation, Fars news agency reported.

"The meeting will focus on technical negotiations between Iran and the agency for deciding the framework and modality of (mutual) cooperation," Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Oceania Abbas Araghchi was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that the talks with the IAEA in Tehran will have legal and technical dimensions and will be on the basis of Non-Proliferation Treaty regulations.

Iran is ready to cooperate with the UN watchdog to remove the body's concerns over Iran's nuclear program. At the same time, it expects that its rights to peaceful use of nuclear technology and nuclear enrichment are recognized, said Mehmanparast.

On Nov. 9, an IAEA spokesperson announced that experts from the IAEA and Iran would meet on Dec. 13 in Tehran for a new round of talks on Iran's nuclear issue.

The IAEA expressed hopes to reach an agreement with Iran that would allow inspectors to investigate possible military aspects of Iran's nuclear program.

The most recent talks between the two parties were held in August without any agreement signed.

Iran claims its intention of the nuclear enrichment is peaceful, although the West suspects that Iran's nuclear program may aim at producing weapons.

Editor: znz
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