Iran's atomic chief to go to Vienna for IAEA General Assembly

Iran Materials 27 September 2008 15:57 (UTC +04:00)

The head of the Iranian Atomic Organization will go to Vienna to attend the General Assembly of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), official news agency IRNA reported Saturday.

Gholam-Reza Aqazadeh, who is also vice-president, is scheduled to address the assembly Monday and is also expected to meet with IAEA director general Mohamed ElBaradei, IRNA said.

Aqazadeh is in charge of the technical aspects of Iran's nuclear programmes while Saeid Jalili, as chief nuclear negotiator, is in charge of political talks with the world powers through European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana, reported dpa.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reiterated at the United Nations in New York that Iran was ready to hold talks with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany to settle the dispute over its controversial programmes. But he said Iran would not accept pre-conditions nor give in to demands that is suspend enrichment of uranium.

On Friday the Security Council agreed on a resolution calling on Iran to halt its nuclear activities, but did not seek additional sanctions against the Tehran regime.