Iran, IAEA Continue N. Talks

A0029114.jpgIranian and UN nuclear watchdog officials started another round of talks on Sunday on Tehran’s nuclear program focusing on P1 and P2 centrifuges. “The negotiations started today and are ongoing. By night it will become evident how long the discussions will last,” the deputy head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Mohammad Saeedi said.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is seeking details on how Iran obtained components for its P1 type centrifuges at its nuclear enrichment plant at Natanz, and on its research with the more efficient P2 model.

Centrifuges are used to enrich uranium to make nuclear fuel.

The talks follow an agreement reached in August for Tehran to provide answers to outstanding questions over its nuclear program.

The last round of talks was held in Iran 10 days ago. Some of the West, headed by the United States, charges that Tehran is working secretly to obtain nuclear weapons, while it doesn’t have any corroborative evidence to substantiate its claims about the Islamic Republic. Iran strongly denies this, saying it only wants to generate electricity.

IAEA Director General Mohammed ElBaradei has recently voiced pleasure in Iran’s intimate cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog.

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