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UN nuclear chief meets Iranian minister to boost understanding, move towards agreement

24 February 2015 – The head of the UN atomic watchdog held a meeting in Vienna this morning with the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister to follow-up on talks held earlier this month.

Yukiya Amano, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), met with S. Abbas Araghchi, at IAEA headquarters this morning in an effort to facilitate better understanding between the two sides after a previous meeting on 7 February with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.

A press statement released by the agency today said discussions focused on the need to resolve, as soon as possible, all outstanding issues related to Iran's nuclear programme and the two men recognised the importance of continued dialogue between the IAEA and Iran.

Established as an autonomous organization under the United Nations (UN) in 1957, the IAEA carries out programmes to maximize the useful contribution of nuclear technology to society while verifying its peaceful use. It serves as the world's foremost intergovernmental forum for scientific and technical co-operation in the peaceful use of nuclear technology.

The agency currently conducts in-field verification activities in Iran as part of a Joint Plan of Action, which has involved a significant increase in the frequency of such monitoring. The Plan is aimed at achieving a mutually-agreed long-term comprehensive solution that would ensure Iran's nuclear programme will be exclusively peaceful.

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