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Mon Oct 28, 2013, 02:59 PM

Iran Says Time Right for New Approach With IAEA Nuclear Monitors

By Jonathan Tirone - Oct 28, 2013

Iran and nuclear monitors will seek to find a new approach to ensure the Persian Gulf nation’s atomic program is intended for exclusively peaceful purposes.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi met with International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano today in Vienna. Nuclear inspectors are seeking wider access to people and places suspected of conducting undeclared nuclear activities.

“This is the time to take a new approach to resolving questions between Iran and the IAEA and look to the future for further cooperation,” Araghchi told reporters before talks began. Inspectors need to play a role “to ensure Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful and remains peaceful,” he said.

Meeting world powers earlier this month in Geneva, Araghchi said Iran was willing to assent to more stringent inspections among confidence-building measures intended to defuse the decade-long standoff. Atop the IAEA’s list of sites it would like to visit is the Parchin military base 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Tehran, where Iran allegedly experimented on triggers for a nuclear device.

“This meeting is a very important opportunity for us to discuss a way forward,” Amano said. “It is important for all of us to show concrete progress.”



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