Iran, IAEA will hold talks in Vienna on Sept. 27: IAEA
A spokesperson for the UN agency said on Wednesday that the meeting will be held on September 27 in the Austrian capital, Vienna.
The talks will be the 11th round of discussions between Iran and IAEA since early last year. The two sides last met in Vienna on May 15.
The line-up of the two negotiating teams is expected to change for the upcoming talks.
Iran recently appointed Reza Najafi to replace Ali-Asghar Soltanieh as its representative at the UN’s nuclear agency. The IAEA chief inspector, Herman Nackaerts, is also due to retire in September.
On August 19, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reaffirmed Tehran’s willingness to resume talks with the P5+1 group of world powers in view of a solution to the West’s standoff with the Islamic Republic over its nuclear energy program.
Iran and the P5+1 (United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany) have held several rounds of talks on a range of issues, with the main focus being on Iran’s nuclear energy program.
The two sides wrapped up their latest round of negotiations on April 6 in the Kazakh city of Almaty.
The US, Israel and some of their allies falsely claim that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with Washington and the European Union using the unfounded allegation as a pretext to impose illegal sanctions on Iran.
Tehran strongly rejects the groundless claim over its nuclear activities, maintaining that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
Meanwhile, numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities by the IAEA have never found any evidence showing that the Iranian nuclear energy program has been diverted toward non-civilian purposes.
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