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Iran Offers New Proposals to IAEA

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi says Tehran has offered new proposals over the country’s nuclear issue.

The Iranian official added that he held “very positive and constructive” talks with the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, in the Austrian capital, Vienna.

The negotiating teams of Iran and the IAEA are supposed to start discussion about setting up a new framework for cooperation, Araqchi said.

He added that in his talks with Amano, he gave a detailed explanation about “Iran’s new approach.”

“In talks with Amano, it has also been emphasized that the Islamic Republic of Iran is keen to improve its cooperation with the agency,” the Iranian official stated.

He added that Iran also expressed its readiness to “respond to all IAEA questions and ambiguities in a short period of time.”

He, however, emphasized that Iran and the IAEA should move “with a new approach and an upward view.”

Araqchi further pointed to a forthcoming expert-level meeting between Iran and the six world powers and said experts from Iran’s Oil Ministry, Road and Urban Development and Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade as well as the Central Bank of Iran and the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran will attend the talks.

The expert talks will be held in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on October 30 and 31, with the Iranian team headed by Hamid Ba’eedinejad, who is Iran Foreign Ministry's director general for political affairs.

Iran’s Ambassador to the IAEA Reza Najafi is heading the Iranian delegation and IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards Herman Nackaerts is leading the IAEA team.

Reza Najafi said the forthcoming talks between Tehran and the UN nuclear agency will focus on issues of "substance."

“During the negotiations, we will talk about everything, but it is not clear whether agreement would be achieved. To achieve an agreement, certain conditions should be met,” Reza Najafi said.

*Photo Credit: ISNA ((Iranian Student's News Agency)