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Iran Pledges 'New Approach' to Easing Rift with IAEA

Iran's deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, right, and Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano shake hands prior to meeting in Vienna, Austria, Oct. 28, 2013.
Iran's deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, right, and Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano shake hands prior to meeting in Vienna, Austria, Oct. 28, 2013.
Iran's deputy foreign minister pledged a “new approach” to resolving U.N. concerns about its nuclear program as he began talks on Monday on easing a deadlock over an investigation into suspicions of illicit nuclear bomb research by Tehran.
Abbas Araghchi met U.N. nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano in Vienna, the first such high-level encounter since Iran's election in June of a moderate president committed to improving its foreign relations after years of increasing confrontation.
“It is very important for all of us that we can show concrete progress,” Amano said, sitting across a table from Araghchi at International Atomic Energy Agency headquarters in Vienna.
“We think this is the time to take a new approach to resolving (questions) between Iran and the IAEA and look to the future for further cooperation in order to ensure the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program,” Araghchi said. He gave no details.
The IAEA hopes to resume an investigation, long stalled by Iranian non-cooperation, into what it calls the “possible military dimensions” of the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. Tehran says it is enriching uranium solely for electricity generation and medical treatments.
“It is peaceful and it will remain peaceful forever,” Araghchi said.

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by: Change Iran Now from: USA
October 29, 2013 9:20 PM
The international community has made it clear that Iran must cease all nuclear enrichment; remove its stockpiles of enriched uranium; dismantle its underground facilities; and, stop all work on its plutonium-producing heavy water reactor. Rather than complying, Rouhani is providing diplomatic cover. Since the June election, Iran has installed thousands of new centrifuges and just last month, the new president declared that Iran will not give up “one iota” of its nuclear rights. One has to wonder why Iran needs nuclear civilian energy when it has enough oil and gas to last for generations. Allowing Iran to acquire nuclear weapons will alter the balance of power in the Middle East. What matters now is if the West can force Iran to give up their nuclear ambitions with concrete action and not simply talk. I am highly doubtful though since Iran saw how North Korea fooled the world about its nuclear ambitions (and got away with it). And Iran's just repeating what works.

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