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Iran, IAEA will continue talks: Soltanieh
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TEHRAN – The Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency has said that Iran and the IAEA will continue talks about the country’s cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog.
“The second round of talks about cooperation between Iran and the agency and interaction with each other was held, and the talks will continue in the future,” Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh told ISNA on Tuesday at the end of the two-day talks in Tehran between Iran and an IAEA delegation, headed by Herman Nackaerts, the IAEA deputy director and the head of the IAEA Department of Safeguards.
The first round of talks was held in Tehran from January 29 to 31.
However, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano’s spokeswoman, Gill Tudor, has said no further meetings were planned.
“At this point in time there is no agreement on further discussions,” Reuters quoted Tudor as saying on Wednesday.
According to Reuters, the UN nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday it had failed to secure an agreement with Iran during talks over nuclear activities and that the Islamic Republic had rejected a request to visit the Parchin military site, southeast of the capital Tehran. 
“During both the first and second round of discussions, the agency team requested access to the military site at Parchin. Iran did not grant permission for this visit to take place,” the Vienna-based IAEA said in a statement.
“It is disappointing that Iran did not accept our request to visit Parchin. We engaged in a constructive spirit, but no agreement was reached,” Amano said.
According to the IAEA rules, every country has right to bar inspections of its military sites.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast also said on Tuesday that the IAEA delegation that visited Tehran from February 21 to 22 was not a delegation of inspectors.
“The delegation that has travelled to Iran is not a delegation of inspectors, but rather it is an expert delegation headed by the agency’s deputy director general, and their purpose is not to carry out inspections but to hold negotiations about cooperation between Iran and the agency so that a framework could be set for the continuation of negotiations,” Mehmanparast stated during his regular press briefing. 

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Last Updated on 22 February 2012 14:30