IAEA sees progress in nuke talks with Iran

Other News Materials 13 January 2008 20:12 (UTC +04:00)

The UN's nuclear watchdog said Sunday that some progress had been made in weekend talks in Tehran on Iran's nuclear programme and said the two sides aim to clarify all further open issues within the next four weeks.

A statement by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna said progress had been achieved regarding the agreed-on working plan regarding Iran's atomic activiites.

The statement followed talks held Friday and Saturday in Iran by IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei, who had met with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran's supreme spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The talks also concerned such questions as carrying out security measures and controls in Iran as well as creating further confidence- building measures as demanded by the UN Security Council.

Earlier, Tehran said that a major step towards a settlement of outstanding issues would be for the Security Council dossier on Iran being returned to the IAEA.

"The Iranian nuclear dossier should be returned from the United Nations Security Council to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and be dealt with within a normal course," Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said in his weekly press conference.

"In that case Iran would also be ready to boost its cooperation with the IAEA," the spokesman added. ( Dpa )