Iran says to set date for IAEA visit to uranium mine

December 11, 2013 13:19
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Iran will set a date for a UN nuclear inspection of a uranium mine, an Iranian envoy said before talks on Wednesday between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Under a cooperation pact signed last month to help allay international concern about Iran's nuclear program, the Islamic Republic would provide "managed access" to the Gchine mine by early February for the first time in some eight years.

The IAEA-Iran agreement is separate from a breakthrough accord between Iran and six world powers reached on Nov. 24 to curb Tehran's nuclear program in return for a limited easing of sanctions that have battered the country's economy.

But both deals signaled a rapid thaw in Iran's troubled ties with the outside world, made possible by the election of a relative moderate, Hassan Rouhani, as president on a platform of ending Iran's international isolation.

Iran has moved quickly since Rouhani took office in August to improve relations with the West after years of confrontation under his hardline predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iran denies accusations it is seeking to develop atomic bombs.

Asked whether a date for the Gchine visit would be agreed during talks that got under way at around 10 a.m. at the IAEA's Vienna headquarters, Iranian envoy Reza Najafi told reporters: "We will discuss that."

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