Iran insists on nuclear 'right' ahead of IAEA talks

December 11, 2012 18:43

DUBAI - Iran voiced readiness on Tuesday to address concerns of UN nuclear inspectors about its atomic activities in talks this week but said its "right" to refine uranium should be part of any agreement.

The Islamic state's insistence that its uranium enrichment - work which can have both military and civilian purposes - should be recognized may further dampen expectations among Western diplomats of any major progress in Thursday's talks.

The meeting in Tehran could provide clues as to whether Iran may now be more willing to help allay international suspicions over its disputed nuclear program following US President Barack Obama's re-election last month.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) hopes to reach a deal that would enable it to resume a long-stalled investigation into suspected past atomic bomb research, and possibly still ongoing, in Iran.

Ramin Mehmanparast, the Foreign Ministry spokesman, said Iran was ready to take action to resolve possible concerns of the UN nuclear watchdog, Iran's ISNA news agency reported.

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