TEHRAN, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- The new round of nuclear talks between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was concluded here Wednesday, with Iran's permanent representative to the IAEA saying that Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog will discuss new proposals in the next meeting.
According to semi-official Fars news agency, Ali-Asghar Soltanieh said some differences were settled and agreement was reached at Wednesday's meeting on some points of modality to resolve the alleged subjects over Iran's nuclear program.
Both sides will consider new proposals made in the meeting and will put forward their opinions in the next meeting, Soltanieh was quoted as saying.
The Iranian nuclear official did not elaborate on the details of the agreements, proposals, date or venue for the next round of the meeting.
Experts of the IAEA arrived in Tehran Wednesday morning with hopes to resolve the differences between the UN nuclear watchdog and Iran over the latter's disputed nuclear program.
On Tuesday, before leaving the Vienna airport, Herman Nackaerts, IAEA's deputy director general for safeguards, said that "this time we will try to work hard to resolve the differences."
The agency's goal "is to finalize the structured approach ( modality) document," said Nackaerts.
The IAEA and Iran met twice in December and January to finalize a deal over the nuclear program, but they failed to reach any agreement.
On Wednesday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said dialogue is a better way to solve the nuclear issue of his country, official IRNA news agency reported.
Ahmadinejad told reporters after a cabinet meeting that Iran is currently a nuclear country and it is impossible that the Islamic republic would retreat from its nuclear path. Iran's nuclear rights should be respected, he stressed.
Also, Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereidoon Abbasi said Wednesday that Iran is continuing the installation of new uranium enrichment centrifuges at the central Natanz facility, according to Fars.
The installation started one month ago, and according to the schedule, the Islamic republic intends to double the number of centrifuges in Natanz, said Abbasi.
Tehran Times quoted an IAEA report as saying that the number of Iran's first-generation IR-1 centrifuges at Natanz site amounted to 10,500 at the end of last year.
The Iranian nuclear chief added that new centrifuges will be used for generating enriched uranium below the purity level of 5 percent and will not be used for producing 20-percent enriched uranium.
On Jan. 30, Iran informed the IAEA of the installation of its new uranium enrichment centrifuges in Natanz.
One day ahead of the resumption of Iran-IAEA talks on Wednesday, U.S. President Barack Obama vowed to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, calling on the Islamic republic to take the opportunity for a diplomatic solution.
"We will do what is necessary to prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon," the U.S. president said in his prime-time State of the Union address to the joint session of the Congress.
"The leaders of Iran must recognize that now is the time for a diplomatic solution, because a coalition stands united in demanding that they meet their obligations," he added.
As Iran agreed to start fresh talks with the so-called P5+1 group -- Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany -- on Feb. 26 in Kazakhstan, the Obama administration has time and again urged its arch-rival to engage in "substantive" negotiations over its disputed nuclear program in return for eased sanctions.
Iran and the West are locked in a bitter dispute over the former's nuclear activities, with the latter accusing Tehran of developing nuclear weapon under the cover of peaceful purpose, a charge Iran has consistently denied.
Iran has insisted that its rights to peaceful nuclear activities, and above all the right to uranium enrichment should be recognized by the IAEA and world powers.
TEHRAN, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- Iran is continuing the installation of new uranium enrichment centrifuges at the central Natanz facility, said Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereidoon Abbasi on Wednesday, semi-official Fars news agency reported.
The remarks came after experts of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran started a new round of talks in Iran 's capital of Tehran on Wednesday with hopes to resolve the differences between the UN nuclear watchdog and Iran over the latter's disputed nuclear program. Full story
TEHRAN, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on Tuesday, a day ahead of the new round of nuclear talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), confirmed earlier reports that Iran had started conversion of its high-grade enriched uranium into reactor fuel.
On Monday, foreign media, quoting diplomats close to the IAEA, reported that the Islamic republic had resumed converting parts of its 20-percent enriched uranium into fuel. Full story