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Iran, IAEA agree on framework to settle outstanding issues

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 22, IRNA
Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog agreed Tuesday evening on drawing up a framework to settle outstanding issues on Tehran's peaceful nuclear program after two days of talks.

Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday began the third and the last round of their talks in Tehran with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) deputy director, Olli Heinonen, representing the agency and deputy secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Javad Vaeedi representing Iran.

"We reached an effective progress," Vaeedi told IRNA at the end of the talks.

He said that the two succeeded "to finalize an agreement previously made between the SNSC's secretary, Ali Larijani, the IAEA secretary general, Mohamed ElBaradei and the EU foreign policy chief, Javier Solana.

"We made great and effective progress in fulfilling this major mission," Vaeedi stressed.

Meanwhile, Heinonen referred to his talks with Vaeedi as "good and productive," noting, "We have now in front of us an agreed working plan, how to implement it, and we have a timeline for the implementation."
Heinonen added that the IAEA's delegation would leave Tehran for Vienna, Austria, Tuesday night to prepare a report on Iran's peaceful nuclear activities.

Neither Vaeedi nor Heinonen gave exact details about their agreements but the IAEA's official said: "Details of the agreements will be revealed in ElBaradei's report to be published in September."


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