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IAEA chief 'has no plans' to visit Iran

UN nuclear agency denies reports suggesting Yukiya Amano will embark on another Tehran visit with hope of convincing country to comply with UN's nuclear demands

Reuters
Published: 10.10.12, 16:32 / Israel News

The UN atomic watchdog denied on Wednesday its head planned to visit Iran to discuss his mounting concerns over possible military dimensions to Tehran's disputed nuclear program.

 

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted on his ministry's website as saying Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), was to travel to Tehran to resume discussions with Iranian officials, though he gave no date.

 

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"The IAEA has seen media reports that Director General Amano will visit Iran to discuss nuclear issues. There are no such plans at this time," Serge Gas, IAEA director of public information, said.

 

Amano said last week the IAEA had yet to agree a date for further talks with Iran and had little hope for a speedy resolution to a standoff with Tehran over its nuclear program.

 

Iran denies Western accusations that it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons capability, saying its program is a peaceful bid to generate electricity.

 

The IAEA and Iran have held a series of meetings since January this year over the agency's suspicions of nuclear weapons research, so far without any concrete results.

 

Western diplomats accuse Iran of stonewalling the IAEA's long-stalled inquiry. Amano made a high-profile visit to Tehran in May, but failed to achieve a breakthrough.

 

The IAEA's relations with Iran have become increasingly strained, with Iran's atomic energy chief last month saying "terrorists" may have infiltrated the Vienna-based UN agency.

 

 

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