Iran, IAEA officials meet in Tehran

Officials to discuss details like explosives testing and neutron calculations as well issues relating to the framework agreement.

Iran, IAEA officials meet in Tehran

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iran and the U.N. nuclear watchdog hold talks in Tehran on Monday, the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) reported, ahead of a March deadline for a framework agreement on Iran's nuclear programme between Tehran and six major powers.

"Officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will discuss remaining issues like explosives testing and neutron calculations," ISNA said, without giving a source.

"Also issues alleged by the IAEA, related to the framework agreement, will be discussed during their one day visit."

The IAEA says Iran has still not addressed specific issues that could feed suspicions it may have researched an atomic bomb, including questions on alleged research activities into explosives testing and neutron calculations.

Iran has rejected the accusations as baseless, but has promised to work with the IAEA as part of its efforts to end the country's decade-long nuclear standoff with the West.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet on March 15 inSwitzerland, an Iranian official told Reuters.

"Then there will be bilateral and trilateral meetings with other members of the P5+1 countries ... followed by meetings between the seven countries," said the official, adding that "most probably the venue is (the Swiss city of) Lausanne".

Iran, the United StatesFranceGermanyRussiaChina and Britain are trying to seal some form of understanding by the end of March before a final deal in June.

The negotiations are aimed at persuading Iran to curb its nuclear programme in exchange for relief of sanctions which have badly damaged its economy.

Iran denies any intention of seeking atomic weapons, saying its nuclear energy programme is solely for peaceful purposes. Tehran says the sanctions are illegal and wants them to be lifted swiftly.

"The imposed sanctions on Iran are cruel and illegal ... Lifting all the sanctions is the only way to reach a nuclear deal," said secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani, the official IRNA news agency reported.

"Iran has given an opportunity to the other party (P5+1) to end the artificial (nuclear) crisis.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Mart 2015, 11:37