Amano: Iran nuclear dialogue goes on

IAEA chief vows to continue work as intermediary in talks with Teheran.

January 29, 2010 13:50
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Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said on Friday that dialogue with Iran over its nuclear program was continuing, Reuters reported.

"The proposal is on the table. Dialogue is continuing," Amano reportedly told a panel on nuclear proliferation in the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland.

"I hope agreement will be reached and I continue to work as intermediary. This increase confidence in the (Iranian) nuclear issue," Amano was quoted as saying in his first public remarks on the standoff since he succeeded Mohamed ElBaradei two months ago.

Amano’s remarks come a day after US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the Islamic republic was leaving the world no recourse but to apply penalties aimed at curbing a fast-track nuclear program.

"Our efforts to apply pressure on Iran are not meant to punish the Iranian people. They are meant to change the approach the Iranian government has taken toward its nuclear program," said on Thursday.

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Obama administration officials have invited new talks with Teheran, but with no sign that Iran wants to do business, the focus has turned to penalties.

On Wednesday night, US President Barack Obama warned Teheran in his first State of Union address, declaring that Iranian intransigence over its nuclear program would result in consequences.

Reminding Iranian leaders of the sanctions imposed against Iran, he stressed to applause, “They, too, will face growing consequences. That is a promise.” He said that already “the Islamic Republic is more isolated” because of its continued defiance of international demands that it halt its nuclear program.

AP and Hilary Leila Krieger contributed to this report

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