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Iran Says Vienna Nuclear Talks With IAEA Are ‘Constructive’

May 15, 2012

Iran said its negotiations with International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors are on track and constructive as the two sides entered a second day of meetings in Vienna.

“We had good talks,” Iran’s IAEA Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh told reporters outside the Persian Gulf nation’s embassy. “Everything is on the right track. The environment is very constructive.”

A group of five IAEA officials, led by top inspector Herman Nackaerts, entered the embassy about 10:00 a.m. local time. They declined to comment.

Iran and the IAEA are holding talks in an attempt to address suspicions that the country is pursuing nuclear-weapons capabilities. In a Nov. 8 report, the IAEA cited information provided by a member state and satellite-imagery analysis indicating Iran may have conducted high-explosive tests of components for an atomic weapon at Parchin, 18 miles (30 kilometers) southwest of Tehran.

“The aim of our two days is to reach an agreement on an approach to resolve all outstanding issues with Iran,” Nackaerts told reporters yesterday before the meetings began. “In particular, clarification of the possible military dimensions remains our priority.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Jonathan Tirone in Vienna at jtirone@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Zoe Schneeweiss at zschneeweiss@bloomberg.net


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