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IAEA Official Visits Iran for Nuclear Talks

A top official from the United Nations nuclear agency held talks in Tehran Wednesday on resolving disputes over Iran's nuclear program.

Deputy Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Olli Heinonen and other agency officials met with an Iranian team led by Javad Vaidi, deputy to Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani. The officials met to discuss Iran's plan for answering questions about its nuclear activities.

Results of the talks are expected to be announced after a second session on Thursday, set to include Larijani.

In the midst of the talks, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country will not halt its uranium enrichment activities, despite pressure from the U.N.

The U.N. Security Council has imposed two sets of sanctions on Iran because of its refusal to suspend uranium enrichment.

On Monday, the U.N. nuclear agency said inspectors have seen a "marked slowdown" in Iran's nuclear enrichment program.

The United States and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

Uranium enrichment can be used to produce nuclear weapons, or as fuel to generate energy.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.