Iran Nuclear Dispute
The UN nuclear watch dog on Tuesday said it would resume talk with Iran on May 15 aimed at finalizing the nuclear inspection framework which the agency has been striving for years to establish.
The UN nuclear watchdog said on Sunday that the resignation of one of its top officials who have been leading talks with Iran would not change its policy in dealing with Tehran over its disputed atomic programme.
Iran and world powers sit down for two days of talks on Friday in the hopes of putting an end to a decade-old nuclear dispute that has left the Islamic republic enduring UN sanctions and risking military action from its arch-foe Israel.
The International Atomic Energy Agency's director general, Yukiya Amano, will open the first 2013 meeting of IAEA's Board of Governors on March 4 in Vienna, Austria. Their agenda includes several safety initiatives for operating nuclear facilities and also handling their radioactive waste products.
Senior officials of the U.N. atomic agency have returned from Tehran without a hoped-for deal that would have led to the resumption of a probe into allegations that Iran worked secretly on nuclear arms.
Senior U.N. investigators trying for more than a year to restart a probe into Iran's alleged work on nuclear arms chose their words carefully Tuesday about hopes for success as they left for Tehran on a trip that sets the stage for separate talks between six world powers and the Islamic Republic.
UN atomic watchdog experts arrived in Iran on Thursday to renew efforts to engage Tehran over its disputed nuclear program, but media reports said an inspection visit to suspect sites was off the agenda.
UN nuclear inspectors would be ready to go to Iran's disputed Parchin military complex if the Islamic state were to allow it during talks in Tehran later this week, a senior official said on Wednesday.
EU chief diplomat Catherine Ashton told top Iranian nuclear negotiator Said Jalili in Istanbul that there must be progress soon on solving the stand-off over the Islamic Republic‘s controversial nuclear programme, her spokesperson said Wednesday.
The United Nations atomic watchdog said that no progress was made today during a meeting with Iranian officials on how to resolve outstanding issues relating to the country’s nuclear programme, calling the talks “disappointing.”