Iran to resume talks with IAEA team in Tehran


Tehran : Iran and a technical team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are to resume talks Tuesday afternoon in Tehran, the Khabar news network reported.

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The IAEA team will be headed by deputy director Olli Heinonen and the Iranian side by deputy of Iran’s National Security Council Javad Vaeidi, deputy of Iran’s Atomic Organization Mohammad Saeidi and the country’s IAEA envoy Ali-Asqar Soltanieh.

The talks are scheduled for three consecutive days and focused on Iran’s P1 and P2 centrifuges, the TV report said.

According to the IAEA, Iran has fewer than 2,000 centrifuges working in its Natanz nuclear plant and around 650 were installed but not yet operating. Iran claims to have already installed more than 3,000 but refrains from disclosing how many are operating.

Iran’s centrifuges are mainly believed to be the P1 type but Tehran also seeks to operate the more progressed P2 types for enrichment.

Iran and the IAEA agreed in August on a plan of action, which aims to remove all technical ambiguities by the IAEA over Iran’s nuclear projects and at the same time prepare grounds for political talks between Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani and European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

Iran says that its nuclear programmes are just for civil and peaceful purposes, with enrichment-levels just at a maximum of five percent for producing nuclear fuel for its nuclear reactors.

World powers however fear that Iran might use the very same process, but at a higher enrichment level, to make atomic bombs.

The West also argues that as Iran has no nuclear reactors yet – and even the joint plant with the Russia in southern Iran is not yet completed – the country had no imminent need for