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Soltaniyeh: Negotiations positive, some Iran-IAEA gaps bridged

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Vienna, Aug 3, IRNA -- Iran’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative at IAEA Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh said here Friday Iran-agency Friday negotiations were positive and some gaps between two sides were bridged.

Speaking at the end of the nuclear negotiations in Austrian capital city, Vienna, Soltaniyeh added in an exclusive interview with an IRNA reporter that the talks were held at a technical level and progress was made with both sides managing to bridge some of the existing gaps.

Soltaniyeh had also said before the Friday negotiations that Iran expects achieving progress in these negotiations, as both sides seem to be determined to bridge the existing lingering gaps.

Yet, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Chief Inspector Herman Nackaerts said after the meeting in Vienna, 'Discussions today were intensive, but important differences remain between Iran and the agency that prevented agreement on this structured approach paper.... At the moment we have no plans for another meeting,' he told reporters.

Iran's envoy to the IAEA, Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh, was more positive, saying that some progress had been made in the meeting and that more talks would take place.

'Issues related to the national security of a member state (of the IAEA) is something very delicate,' Soltaniyeh told reporters.

'I have to say that we are moving forward and this meeting in fact was an indication that we can work with the agency closely and we are going to continue this process.

'I wish that in the next round of the meetings and in the continuation of the process you will see that we are on the right track.'

The nuclear program of Iran was launched in the 1950s with the help of the United States as part of the Atoms for Peace program. The participation of the United States and Western European governments in Iran's nuclear program continued until the 1979 Iranian Revolution that toppled the Shah of Iran.

After the 1979 revolution, the clandestine research program was disbanded by Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini (P).

Iran's nuclear program has included several research sites, two uranium mines, a research reactor, and uranium processing facilities that include three uranium enrichment plants.

After delays, Iran's first nuclear power plant, Bushehr I reactor was complete with major assistance of Russian government agency Rosatom and officially opened on 12 September 2011. Iran has announced that it is working on a new 360 MW nuclear power plant to be located in Darkhovein. Iran has also indicated that it will seek more medium-sized nuclear power plants and uranium mines in the future.

Some western countries under the influence of the illegitimate racist Jewish state and the hegemonic US government have been baselessly accusing the Islamic Republic of Iran of pursuing secretly military objectives in its nuclear program, which Iran has time and again stressed is strictly aimed at peaceful purposes.

Both the Zionist regime and the United States have stockpiles of illegitimate nuclear weapons which are serious threats against world and regional peace and stability and despite the US international commitments for destroying such weapons on a time schedule it has always refused to do so.

Furthermore, Israel and the United States have both during their short histories launched many wars in the world, while Iran has never in the course of its long history initiated any war and only get engaged in defensive wars, such as the Iraqi imposed war.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80289866

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