UN watchdog, Iran agree to keep talking

May 16, 2012, Wednesday/ 13:33:00/ REUTERS

Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog ended two days of talks on Tuesday by agreeing to meet again next week, just two days before Tehran resumes negotiations with world powers concerned it may be seeking to develop atomic bomb capability.

While both sides were upbeat about the discussions, which will continue on Monday, there was no word on whether the UN agency had made progress towards one of its main aims -- to secure access to a suspect military site near Tehran. ”We had a good exchange of views and we will meet again on Monday,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Deputy Director General Herman Nackaerts told reporters at the Iranian diplomatic mission in Vienna where the meeting took place. Standing next to him, Iranian Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh was more positive. “We had fruitful discussions in a very conducive environment. We have had progress,” he said. Neither side gave details about the content of the talks and they did not say if they discussed Iran allowing UN inspectors to visit the Parchin military site where the watchdog suspects nuclear bomb-relevant research has been carried out. Western diplomats, watching the meeting for any sign Iran is ready to make concrete concessions ahead of the encounter in Baghdad next week, were not convinced.

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