New round of Iran nuclear talks set for mid-May in Vienna (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By MICHAL SHMULOVICH 04/28/12)
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Iran’s ambassador to IAEA says scheduling of talks demonstrates
country’s ‘cooperation;’ diplomats say Iran must answer about Parchin
Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency Ali
Asghar Soltanieh told IRNA Friday that a new round of nuclear talks
between Iran and the P5+1 Group, comprised of the permanent members
of the UN Security Council and Germany, will take place May 13-14 in
The decision to hold the talks proves that Tehran intends to
cooperate with the nuclear watchdog and that “claims against Iran are
baseless,” Soltanieh told the Iranian news site. The meetings will be
held in Iran’s permanent representative’s office in Vienna.
The last round of talks took place in Istanbul in early April. They
were deemed a moderate success by the parties, mostly for the
goodwill demonstrated, despite a lack of firm commitments by Iran.
The next session had been scheduled for Baghdad on May 23.
IAEA diplomats said Iran will have to answer questions about its
inspectors’ abilities to visit the military complex in Parchin, one
of Iran’s most contested nuclear sites, located southeast of Tehran.
IAEA inspectors who tried to visit the site in February 2012 were
sent home by Iran. They were trying to inquire about high-explosives
tests allegedly carried out there a few years ago. (© 2012 THE TIMES
OF ISRAEL 04/28/12)
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