Last Updated: Mon May 21, 2012 18:47 pm (KSA) 15:47 pm (GMT)

IAEA chief says nuclear talks in Iran held ‘in good atmosphere’

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano during a briefing session with the media at the international airport in Vienna before his trip to Tehran where he held nuclear talks with top Iranian officials. (Reuters)
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano during a briefing session with the media at the international airport in Vienna before his trip to Tehran where he held nuclear talks with top Iranian officials. (Reuters)

International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said on Monday that talks he held in Tehran with Iran’s nuclear chief and top negotiator were “intensive” and “very useful,” state broadcaster IRIB said.

The discussions were held in a “good atmosphere,” he added, according to the Persian-language report by IRIB.

“Definitely, the progress of talks will have a positive impact on negotiations between Iran and P5+1,” Amano was quoted by the Iran’s state television as saying.

“Of course these two issues are different from one another, but can underpin each other,” he added.

Amano’s one-day trip to Tehran was being carefully watched for signs as to how willing Iran will be to allay international suspicions over its nuclear activities in broader talks with world powers in Baghdad on Wednesday.

Amano was further quoted as saying that his agency was in no way involved in the recent assassinations of several Iranian nuclear scientists, and he promised to safeguard classified information gleaned from nuclear inspections.

From his side, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, said he and other officials had “very good talks” with visiting International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano on a number of issues, state television reported.

Jalili said: “We had very good talks with Amano and, God willing, we will have good cooperation in the future.”

He and the IAEA chief said the discussions revolved around nuclear disarmament, halting nuclear weapons proliferation, and the peaceful use of nuclear energy as permitted under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

They also discussed “consolidating” the U.N. nuclear surveillance agency to make it more effective in pursuing those goals, IRIB said.


Asked about a framework agreement that would resolve questions over Iran’s nuclear program quickly, Amano said: “I will not go into details but the agency has some viewpoints and Iran has its own specific viewpoints.”

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