IAEA cameras in Iranian uranium enrichment facility 311.
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VIENNA - Senior United Nations nuclear officials will hold three days of talks in Tehran later this month, the Islamic state's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told Reuters on Tuesday.
The visit, from January 29-31, is expected to seek explanations on mounting concerns that Iran may be trying to develop nuclear weapons capability.
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It coincides with intensifying Western
pressure on Iran over a nuclear program that the United States and its
allies suspect have military aims. Iran, a major oil producer, says its
activities are aimed at generating electricity.
"We are open to
discuss any issues that the IAEA is interested to discuss, within the
framework of its mandate," Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's ambassador to
the IAEA, said.
Referring to the row over Iran's nuclear program,
Soltanieh said the discussions were aimed at "removing the ambiguities
and concluding" the "seemingly endless process."
diplomats, who have often accused Iran of stalling tactics as it
presses ahead with its nuclear program, have expressed doubt that the
planned IAEA trip will lead to major progress.
Soltanieh did not
say which Iranian officials the IAEA delegation, to be headed by Deputy
Director General Herman Nackaerts, would meet in Tehran.