Iran, IAEA to talk again on Feb. 12

Iran, IAEA agree to hold more talks on Feb. 12

IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards Herman M.G. Nackaerts (R) and his team leave on another trip to Iran. (file photo)

Iran and the United Nations nuclear watchdog have wrapped up two days of talks in Tehran, and have agreed to hold a new round of talks again in the Iranian capital on Feb 12.

The talks, which ended on Thursday, were led by Iran’s Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Ali Asghar Soltanieh and the IAEA Deputy Director General, Herman Nackaerts.

The talks between Iranian and IAEA negotiators were focused on finding a structured framework for mutual cooperation.

On Tuesday, Nackaerts had said the IAEA inspectors hoped to win Iran’s green light to visit the Parchin military site outside Tehran.

But Iran dismissed allegations about clandestine nuclear activities at Parchin.

“Parchin is a military site and continues its own specific activities without having anything to do with [Iran’s] nuclear work,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Tuesday.

The United States, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran argues that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.