|Iran, IAEA to hold new talks in December||
TEHRAN – The UN nuclear agency said on Friday that it will hold a new round of talks with Iran on its nuclear program in mid-December in Tehran, according to Reuters.
Friday’s announcement was made days after the reelection of U.S. President Barack Obama, a development analysts say may create a fresh opportunity to press ahead with efforts to find a peaceful end to the decade-old dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it hopes the talks in Tehran will produce an agreement that would allow it to resume an investigation into Iran’s nuclear activities.
“The IAEA and Iran have agreed to hold further talks on 13 December in Tehran,” IAEA spokesperson Gill Tudor said.
“The aim is to conclude the structured approach to resolving outstanding issues related to Iran’s nuclear program,” she said.
The IAEA’s talks with Iran are separate from Tehran’s nuclear discussions with six world powers, the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany.
The last meeting between Iran and the IAEA took place in August but failed to make progress.
Diplomatic sources said the IAEA mission is expected to be headed by IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards Herman Nackaerts.
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