Iran, IAEA nuclear transparency talk on Aug 6

Iran will hold a second round of talks with UN nuclear watchdog officials in Teheran on Aug. 6 on an "action plan" to defuse suspicions of a covert atom bomb programme, a senior Iranian official said.

Iran, IAEA nuclear transparency talk on Aug 6
Iran will hold a second round of talks with UN nuclear watchdog officials in Tehran on Aug. 6, a senior Iranian official said.

Iran says it aims to produce nuclear fuel for electricity. Western powers are mistrustful, based on Iran's past concealment of sensitive atomic research and a failure to cooperate fully with U.N. inquiries into the scope of the programme.

After initial talks last month, Tehran allowed International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors to revisit the Arak heavy-water site. Tehran had cut off access in April to protest at U.N. sanctions imposed over its refusal to halt atom work.

An IAEA official said the monitors who visited the Arak reactor, which is still under construction, were given full access by Iranian officials and met no obstacles.

"The IAEA team will arrive for further talks on Monday and they will stay for up to six days," the Iranian official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

"We will continue to discuss the modalities on how to resolve the outstanding issues with the agency."

IAEA officials said the focus of the Aug. 6 talks would be steps to improve agency surveillance at the underground Natanz plant as Iran seeks to shift from a small research-level programme to "industrial scale" production.

Reuters
Last Mod: 02 Ağustos 2007, 16:15
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