Tehran, 4 Rabiul Awwal 1434/16 January 2013 (MINA) – A delegation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is due to arrive in Tehran on Wednesday to discuss issues related to Iran’s nuclear program with the Iranian officials.

      “A delegation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will arrive in Tehran on Wednesday,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast said on Monday, according to Fars News Agency (FNA) report received by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA), Wednesday.

      He expressed the hope that Iran and the IAEA would reach a deal to recognize the country’s nuclear rights, adding, “We are also ready to allay concerns they may have and remove certain ambiguities.”

      Mehman-Parast underlined the “technical” nature of talks between Tehran and the IAEA, noting that Iran is a committed member of the IAEA and has always been a pioneer in implementing its regulations such as the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and disarmament.

       The latest round of talks between Iran and the IAEA was held in Tehran mid December and the two sides discussed a modality plan for their cooperation.

       After the talks, Deputy Director-General of the IAEA Herman Nackaerts, who headed the Agency’s delegation, voiced optimism about a deal with Iran in the upcoming talks between Tehran and the UN nuclear watchdog on January 16 on the remaining issues of difference over Tehran’s nuclear program.

      Speaking to reporters in Vienna airport after returning from Tehran, Nackaerts said progress was made in talks between the agency and Iran in the capital Tehran.

      “We were able to make progress,” he said.

       He also said that he expects to reach a deal with Iran in January on the remaining issues related to the country’s nuclear energy program.

       Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

      Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

      Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council (UNSC) sanctions for turning down West’s calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

       Tehran has dismissed West’s demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians’ national resolve to continue the path. Tehran has repeatedly said that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of IAEA’s questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities. (T/R-012/R-006)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)

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