Iranian Envoy: IAEA Talks ´Very Constructive´ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 05/15/12)
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Iran´s envoy in Vienna described ongoing discussions with
International Atomic Energy Agency officials as "good" on Tuesday.
Before entering the second day of talks, Ali Asghar Soltanieh told
reporters the atmosphere of the talks had been "very constructive."
On Monday, the nuclear watchdog again urged Iran to give it access to
the sites, people and documents it seeks in accordance with Tehran´s
obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
The IAEA, United States, Israel, many European nations, and Gulf Arab
states believe Tehran is trying to develop nuclear weapons.
Iran maintains its nuclear program is for strictly peaceful purposes,
but continues to deny IAEA inspectors access to its Fordow and
Natantz enrichment sites, and the Parchin military site near Tehran.
Officials suspect Iran has built a chamber there intended for
specialized high explosives tests, necessary for detonating fissile
Western diplomats charge Tehran of trying to remove incriminating
evidence before allowing UN inspectors inside the facility - a charge
not without precedence. Previous IAEA reports at other sites have
indicated evidence of cover ups.
Iran has dismissed the allegations as being "childish"
Of additional concern is that Iran´s drive to enrich its uranium
stockpiles to 20% purity far outstrips the 3% necessary for power
production, and is occurring in higher quantities than would be
necessary for researching medical isotopes.
An IAEA report issued in November said the nuclear watchdog believed
Tehran had conducted nuclear tests of a military nature, prompting
its director Yukiya Amano to charge "Iran is not telling us
The P5+1 - the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus
Germany - are intently watching the Vienna meetings ahead of a second
round of talks with Iranian official in Baghdad later in the month.
The first round of talks, held in Istanbul in early April, only
produced a resolution for more talks and led Israeli officials to
charge Iran is using negotiations to stall for more time in its bid
for nuclear weapons.
Israel, which has said it will use military force to stop Iran from
obtaining nuclear weapons if necessary, is widely believed to be
preparing a strike on Iran´s nuclear sites. (IsraelNationalNews ©
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