Iran, IAEA exchange proposals at fresh Vienna talks
Press TV -(Thu May 16, 2013) Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have wrapped up their latest round of talks on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.
Late on Wednesday, the two sides wrapped up in Vienna another round of talks that focused on a technical framework for cooperation.
Iran’s Ambassador to the IAEA Ali-Asghar Soltanieh who led the Iranian delegation said the two sides presented each other with new proposals.
“We started talking with the IAEA on a modality or structure approach, for the resolution of outstanding issues,” Soltanieh told Press TV on the telephone.
“We were able to further touch upon some remaining issues and we had a progress. Both sides gave proposals in order to bridge the gaps and pave the way for a final agreement and conclusion of a final agreement on the text of this modality,” he added.
The ambassador said the Islamic Republic is determined to prove the peaceful nature of its nuclear program in its negotiations with the world body.
We have decided as a very historical important decision to deal with issue of allegations — the so-called ‘possible military dimension’ allegation,” he stated, stressing that the move is a volunteer gesture beyond Tehran’s legal obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
The talks were the 10th round of the negotiations between Iran and the IAEA over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program since early 2012. The previous round of the negotiations was held in mid-February in Iran’s capital, Tehran.
The United States, Israel and some of their allies falsely claim that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with the US and the European Union using the claim as a pretext to impose illegal sanctions against Iran.
Tehran rejects the allegation over its nuclear energy activities, maintaining that as a committed NPT signatory and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.