IAEA chief 'not too optimistic' ahead of Iran meeting

By REUTERS
August 22, 2012 18:07

 
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HELSINKI - The head of the UN nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday he was not confident there would be a breakthrough with Iran over the Islamic republic's nuclear activities when talks resume later this week.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meets Iranian officials on Friday, more than two months after previous talks ended in failure, and is expected to seek to persuade Iran to address questions about its suspected nuclear weapons research.

"The reason I cannot be too optimistic is... we have been making our best efforts in a constructive spirit to work out an agreement between Iran and IAEA, but so far we have not been successful in reaching agreement," Yukiya Amano, IAEA Director General, told reporters during a visit to Helsinki.

"I have no indication this will change very soon."

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