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Iranian Nuclear Negotiator To Meet IAEA Chief

26 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Iran's new chief nuclear negotiator is due to meet today with the head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency.

The talks between Ali Larijani and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed el-Baradei are due to occur in Vienna, Austria, where the U.N. agency is based.

The meeting comes ahead of el-Baradei's expected release on 3 September of a report on Iran's compliance with its nuclear obligations.

The board of the UN nuclear agency has called on Iran to halt uranium-conversion work that Iran resumed this month.

On 25 August, Larijani said Iran sees no justification for continuing nuclear negotiations exclusively with Britain, France, and Germany. The three European Union countries cancelled planned 31 August negotiations with Iran in reaction to the resumption of uranium work.

Iran says it has a right to peaceful nuclear-power activities and denies allegations it may secretly be seeking to develop atomic weapons.


Copyright (c) 2005. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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