Envoy says Iran, IAEA to meet on Wednesday
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 12 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltanieh said that Iranian side will hold another set of nuclear talks with IAEA's representatives on Wednesday, Feb. 13, IRIB News reported.
Soltanieh said the 9th round of Iran-IAEA talks will be held in Tehran.
Iran's ISNA and Fars news agencies reported in January that a further meeting between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran would be held on February 12 in the Iranian capital, but gave no details.
The IAEA, whose mission is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, has been trying for a year to negotiate a so-called structured approach with Iran giving the inspectors access to sites, officials and documents for their long-stalled inquiry.
World powers were monitoring the IAEA-Iran talks for any signs as to whether Tehran, facing intensifying sanctions pressure, may be prepared to finally start tackling mounting international concerns about its nuclear activity.
Israel - a U.S. ally believed to have the Middle East's only nuclear arsenal - has threatened military action if diplomacy and economic sanctions intended to rein in Iran's uranium enrichment program do not resolve the stand-off.
Iran denies Western accusations that it is seeking to develop a nuclear weapons capability, saying its program is aimed only at power generation and medical research.