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Iran-IAEA talks begin in Vienna in new format

October 28, 2013, 4:12 UTC+3
The sides are to start a detailed elaboration of the Iran-advanced proposals
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Geneva talks on Iran's nuclear program. AP Photo/ Fabrice Coffrini, pool

Geneva talks on Iran's nuclear program. AP Photo/ Fabrice Coffrini, pool

VIENNA, October 28 (Itar-Tass) - A regular round of talks between Iran and experts of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) begin here on Monday in a basically new format. It is the first time in recent years that such high-ranking politicians are the chief delegates: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Abbas Araghchi for Tehran and Director-General Yukiya Amano for the IAEA.

An official in the IAEA press service specified that Amano and Araghch would meet one-on-one at first and then experts would joint them and take their seats at the negotiating table.

Discussion will refer to the plan, suggested by the Iranian side in Genev at talks with the Six, for a settlement of differences over the country's nuclear programme. At that time, Tehran's initiative was regarded with cautious optimism. In so doing, representatives of the mediator countries from among the Six noted a low level of mutual trust which must be strengthened first. Experts point out that how the process will evolve will depend precisely on the talks with the IAEA.

The sides are to start a detailed elaboration of the Iran-advanced proposals. Experts had stated earlier that a solution to the issue concerning access to Tehran's nuclear facilities, in connection with which IAEA experts still have questions, would be a substantial contribution to the implmentation of Iran's proposals.

Early in November, consultations between the IRI and the Six will be continued.A regular meeting, according to Iranian diplomats, is scheduled for November 7-8. However, level of representation at the talks has not been specified. At the same time, a source of Itar-Tass in Vienna said that a meeting between the Six mediator countries and Iran at ministerial level is possible on November 15-16 after the experts' round of talks.

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