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    UN Nuclear Experts in Iran for Talks

    Herman Nackaerts, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards. (File)Herman Nackaerts, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards. (File)
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    Herman Nackaerts, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards. (File)
    Herman Nackaerts, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards. (File)
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    United Nations nuclear experts are in Tehran for meetings they hope will further their investigation into Iran's controversial nuclear program.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency team is holding talks with Iranian officials Wednesday. They want to address what they have called "overall, credible" evidence of work by Iran on nuclear weapons research.

    The leader of the U.N. team, Herman Nackaerts, said Tuesday the IAEA wants to "finalize a structured approach" for resolving outstanding issues regarding Iran's nuclear program.  He also reiterated that U.N. investigators are ready to visit Iran's Parchin military site if the government allows.

    Western nations suspect the Parchin facility, southwest of Tehran, is related to possible nuclear weapons development.  Iran says it is a conventional military site and that its nuclear program is strictly for peaceful purposes.

    Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that a religious decree issued by Iran's supreme leader banning nuclear weapons is binding on the Iranian government.

    The IAEA visit comes as international diplomats are again setting the stage for separate negotiations with Tehran over curbs to its nuclear ambitions.

    Iran and the so-called P5+1 contact group - the United States, Britain, Russia, China, France and Germany - are expected to try to open talks in the coming weeks after a seven-month hiatus.

    The last time Iran's nuclear negotiators met with their foreign counterparts, in Moscow in June, the talks did not go well. Both sides wanted their maximum demands met, and they offered little in return.

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    by: reşat from: konya
    January 17, 2013 3:19 AM
    ıran was considered as a large-scale civilization in mideast as a known persian civilization..for many centuries ıran has ruined regional government to try to dominate shia government by using sectarian conflicts like a syrian war is a reason that take possesion of power to sunni or shia..ıran's society and military officials think that has a deterrent weapon to counter attack by anti-regime government and endless enemy israel..so that IAEA can not produce solution and negotiations for weapons is just only pretension to world public opinion..as a result the biggest war will be unavoidable in mideast area between east and west civilizations

    by: Michael from: USA
    January 16, 2013 8:10 AM
    Iran's nuclear research involves a variety of techincal projects that when taken together resist being disbanded. The IAEA is in an uphill struggle

    by: JohnWV from: USA
    January 16, 2013 5:54 AM
    NO MORE WARS! Israel has ICBM nukes and openly threatens Iran; actually campaigns for war against Iran. Israel, not Iran, is the warmonger. Resolution lies with lifting all sanctions and compensating Iran for damages from the $$$ billions we will no longer be giving the Jewish state. American foreign policy must again serve American interests, not the Jewish state's paranoid pursuit of invulnerability, territorial conquest and apartheid supremacist empire in and beyond the Mideast. NO MORE WARS!

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