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IAEA Seeks Breakthrough in Iran Talks

Jan. 15, 2013

n Senior UN nuclear officials said Tuesday they would push Iran to finally accept investigations into its alleged nuclear weapons projects during fresh talks in Tehran.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief inspector Herman Nackaerts and his team were leaving Vienna for the latest round of negotiations, which started one year ago and have so far been fruitless.

The two sides will also discuss possible Iranian access to Western intelligence documents which form the basis of the IAEA's suspicions. The IAEA is afraid that full access to the information would endanger its sources, according to diplomats.

Nackaerts also said his team would once again push for a visit to Parchin, a military site near Tehran where key nuclear weapons parts were allegedly tested.

"We are ready to go," he said.

Tehran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said his country also hoped for a breakthrough, but would not allow an endless string of inspections.

"The IAEA cannot come up every time with inspections of military sites based on vague intelligence reports," he said.

In Iran's nuclear talks with China, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, a date but no venue for a new round has been agreed, Mehmanparast said. He did not disclose the planned day.

Sources watching the negotiation process in Tehran and diplomats in Vienna said that Istanbul was discussed as a possible venue, but that Iran did not want to meet there.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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