Iran wants more UN nuclear talks after Tehran stalemate

By REUTERS
February 24, 2012 11:56

VIENNA - Iran wants more talks with the UN nuclear watchdog, its ambassador to the body said, despite what one Western envoy called "very long and fruitless" negotiations this week on addressing growing suspicions about Tehran's atomic activities.

The relatively upbeat comments by Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) were in stark contrast to a terse statement issued by the UN agency on Wednesday after the two days of discussions in Tehran.

"Our position is that we are going to continue the talks for cooperation with the agency and we hope that this process will be successfully going on," said Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh.

"We need a quiet environment, a calm environment to continue our professional work with the agency," he told Reuters late on Thursday.


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