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Iran says no agreement in nuclear talks with IAEA

(Xinhua) Updated: 2013-01-19 00:37

TEHRAN - Iran's representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Friday that no "agreement" was reached in the recent two-day talks between Iran and the nuclear watchdog, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

The IAEA and Iran did not reach an agreement in the talks which concluded here on Thursday, Ali-Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's permanent representative to the IAEA, said, adding that, however, some progress was made.

The Islamic republic and the IAEA agreed to meet on February 12 for another round of negotiations in Tehran on the approach to resolving the issues over the country's disputed nuclear program.

On Tuesday, Herman Nackaerts, the IAEA's deputy director general for safeguards, had said before leaving Vienna to Tehran that "We are aiming to finalize the structured approach to resolving the outstanding issues on the possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program."

"The IAEA cannot enter the sector which may threaten our national security," Soltanieh said, referring to Nackaerts' remarks that the IAEA hoped its delegation to be allowed to go to Iran's Parchin military site, which is suspected by the Western powers of conducting bomb related experiment.

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