Iran expects deal with IAEA over nuke inspection

Vienna, Sep 28 (IANS) Iran Friday expressed its willingness to reach an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over nuclear inspection.

The country reflectd its hope after first tentative but constructive talk between new Iranian negotiation team and the UN nuclear agency in Vienna, Xinhua reported.

The meeting was the first time the UN nuclear agency engaged with the Iranian new negotiation team after Tehran's new government took office, seen by the west as a test of the Iranian new President Hassan Rouhani's nuclear policy, who is supposed to be a moderate politician compared to his predecessor.

The first tentative talk was announced to be constructive, and would continue Oct 28 without giving more details.

Herman Nackaert, the UN watch dog's chief inspector, told reporters that both sides would continue the "constructive" meeting on October 28th, while his counterpart, Reza Najafi, Iranian new ambassador to UN nuclear agency said he was looking forward to reach an agreement in the future as soon as possible with the agency.

The talks were held in the building of Iranian mission to international organisations in the capital city of Austria, lasting for around four hours, did not seem to get into details of the framework.

Iran has signalled its willingness to push for an end to the nuclear row with the west and further cooperate with the agency to clarify the outstanding issue in its nuclear plan.

The talk with IAEA is expect as a window of opportunity to step forward to strike a deal over the "structured approach", the nuclear inspection framework to conduct the probe on Iran's suspected nuclear activities, which would prove the peaceful nature of Tehran's nuclear programme.

Rouhani said this week that Iran would never develop nuclear weapons and called for a nuclear deal in three to six months. Iran also announced Tehran is ready to resume P5+1 talks (China, Britain, US, Russia, France and Germany), and would discuss the suspending of the enrichment of the 20 per cent uranium.


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