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Iran's Larijani, IAEA chief start nuclear talks

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Vienna, Aug 26, IRNA
Iran's new Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Ali Larijani, started negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei on Tehran's nuclear program here on Friday.

Talking to IRNA, IAEA spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said the talks would be mainly focused on IAEA inspection of Iran's nuclear activities.

The sides are to discuss Iran-Europe nuclear talks, latest views, and Iran's proposals for settling the case.

She said IAEA director general's deputy and experts are attending the meeting.

Iran's permanent representative to the Vienna-based international organizations, Mohammad-Mehdi Akhoundzadeh, and a ranking delegation accompanying Larijani are also present in the meeting.

Larijani, who was appointed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on August 15, arrived here Thursday night on an official one-day visit.

Larijani criticized limitation of nuclear talks to three European states (Germany, France, Britain) and said, "The Islamic Republic welcomes negotiations with all 35 member states of the IAEA Board of Governors."

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