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Iran to continue talks with IAEA on nuclear program: envoy

English.news.cn   2013-02-22 23:49:06            
 • Soltanieh said his country will continue talks with IAEA to resolve the outstanding issues.
 • IAEA report confirm that Iran had started the installation of IR- 2m centrifugesn.
 • Iran stressed the advanced centrifuges would be applied to produce 5-percent enriched uranium.

TEHRAN, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali-Asghar Soltanieh said his country will continue talks with the UN nuclear watchdog to resolve the outstanding issues regarding the Irainian nuclear program, semi-official ISNA news agency reported Friday.

His remarks came as a response to an IAEA report released Thursday about Iran's nuclear program.

The report confirm that Iran had started the installation of IR- 2m centrifuges, a new model of Iran's centrifuges which could significantly boost Iran's uranium capacity at Natanz fuel enrichment plant.

However, Iran stressed that the advanced centrifuges would be applied to produce 5-percent enriched uranium, after informing the IAEA about the installation.

Soltanieh called for a "calm atmosphere" in order for Iran and the IAEA to succeed in addressing the concerns about the Iranian nuclear issue, said Press TV.

On Feb. 13, the Islamic republic and the IAEA held their latest round of talks on Iran's disputed nuclear activities but no agreement was reached.

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China urges Iran nuclear talks diplomatic efforts

BEIJING, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- A spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry here on Friday called on all relevant parties to step up diplomatic efforts at the upcoming Iran nuclear talks in Kazakhstan.

"China feels happy to see that the P5+1 (the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany) and Iran will hold a new round of talks, the first in nearly eight months," Hong Lei said at a daily press briefing. Full story

U.S. slams Iran's installation of new centrifuges

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Obama administration on Thursday denounced as "yet another provocative step" Iran's latest installation of new centrifuges at its main uranium enrichment plant, calling on the Islamic republic to engage in "serious and substantive" talks with the world powers over its disputed nuclear program.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland called Iran's move "a further escalation and a continuing violation of Iran's obligations" under the resolutions of the UN Security Council and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board. Full story

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