Wednesday, September 19, 2012

IAEA ready for talks with Iran in near future: Amano


UN nuclear chief Yukiya Amano says the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is ready to hold negotiations with Iran in the “near future.”

"I confirmed to Dr. Abbasi that the Agency is committed to continued dialogue with the Islamic Republic of Iran and expressed the readiness of Agency negotiators to meet with Iran in the near future," Amano said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

The brief statement was issued after a meeting between Amano and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereydoun Abbasi on Monday.

After the IAEA annual meeting in the Austrian capital, Vienna, Abbasi told reporters on Monday that Iran has no intention of enriching uranium above the 20 percent level.

The head of AEOI said most of Iran's enrichment activities are conducted at the 3.5 percent level, but added that in the future, Tehran will determine its uranium enrichment level according to its needs.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran argues that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of IAEA, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities, but has never found any evidence indicating diversion in Tehran's nuclear energy program toward military purposes.

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