The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) hoped to use the talks to reach an agreement that would allow it to resume a long-stalled investigation into possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program, a senior diplomatic source said.
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The last round of talks between the IAEA and Iran took place in August but failed to make concrete progress.
"The agency and Iran agreed to have talks mid-December," the source told Reuters, adding they would take place in Tehran.
Dennis Ross, President Obama's senior advisor on Middle East policy and Iran until a year ago, said Thursday that 2013 will be the decisive year for the Iranian nuclear issue.
According to Ross, 2013 is likely to see direct talks between the US and Iran, as well as a possible deterioration of the situation into war.
He expressed confidence in Obama, reelected Wednesday, as well as his resolution not to allow a nuclear Iran.
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