IAEA experts arrive in Iran for talks: report
The experts of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived in Tehran Thursday morning for talks on some aspects of Iran's nuclear program, semi-official ISNA news agency reported.
Herman Nackaerts, the IAEA's deputy director general for safeguards, leading a seven-member delegation, will discuss the remaining issues on Iran's nuclear program with Iranian nuclear officials, said the report.
ISNA said the talks will be held behind closed doors, adding that there has been no report about the possible visits of the IAEA delegation to some Iranian nuclear sites.
On Wednesday, Western media quoted Nackaerts as saying that the IAEA hopes Iran will allow the inspectors to go to Parchin military site in southeast of Tehran, where the UN body suspects that some explosive experiments might have been carried out.
Before leaving Vienna for Tehran, Nackaerts said their visit to the Islamic republic aimed at reaching an agreement on an approach to resolve the remaining issues related to possible military dimensions of Iran's controversial nuclear program.
A senior Iranian official said Tuesday that experts from Iran and the IAEA would hold a new round of talks in Tehran on Thursday to discuss a modality for the two sides' cooperation.
"The meeting will focus on technical negotiations between Iran and the agency for deciding the framework and modality of (mutual) cooperation," said Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Oceania Abbas Araghchi.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that the talks with the IAEA in Tehran would have legal and technical dimensions and would be on the basis of Non- Proliferation Treaty regulations.
Iran was ready to cooperate with the IAEA to remove the UN watchdog's concerns over Iran's nuclear program. At the same time, it expected that its rights to peaceful use of nuclear technology and nuclear enrichment were recognized, said Mehmanparast.
On Nov. 9, the IAEA expressed hopes to reach an agreement with Iran that would allow inspectors to investigate possible military aspects of Iran's nuclear program.
The most recent talks between the two parties were held in August without any agreement signed.
Iran claims its intention of the nuclear enrichment is peaceful, although the West suspects that Iran's nuclear program may aim at producing weapons.