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Iran's FM says no date yet set on talks with IAEA

Iran Materials 23 April 2013 17:26
Iran's Foreign Ministry's spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast speaking today at the press conference, said that Iran has not yet set date for the talks with IAEA.
Iran's FM says no date yet set on talks with IAEA

Azerbaijan, Baku, April 23 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/

Iran's Foreign Ministry's spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast speaking today at the press conference, said that Iran has not yet set date for the talks with IAEA, Mehr news agency reported.

Mehmanparast noted that the discussions on the possible date are going on, however nothing has been set yet.

It has been reported that the next talks would take place on May 21, however later IAEA dismissed the rumors, saying the date has not been set yet.

Iran and the IAEA last met in Tehran in mid-February.

A few days ago Iran rejected reports about an agreement reached by Tehran and the the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for a new round of talks, Press TV reported with the reference to an official source close to the Iranian negotiating team.

A source told Press TV on Friday that no agreement had been reached between Iran and the UN nuclear agency over the date of a new round of talks.

The official further pointed out that the issue had been discussed in a meeting but no deal was reached.

On Thursday, the Associated Press quoted two anonymous diplomats as saying that Iran and the IAEA had agreed to hold new talks in mid-May.

On Feb. 13 Iranian negotiating team held nuclear talks with IAEA in Tehran. After the negotiations, Iran's representative to IAEA, ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh said both sides reached agreements on "some points", however the IAEA inspectors were not granted access to visit the Parchin military complex.

The IAEA, whose mission is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, has been trying 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 are 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.

The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies.

The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical researches instead.

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