Monday, February 18, 2008

Iran-IAEA Talks

Iran’s vice president and head of the country’s nuclear energy program, Qolam Reza Aghazadeh, held talks today in Vienna with IAEA Deputy Director General Oil Heinonen. Aghazadeh answered questions about Iran’s nuclear past [ISNA].

Published reports indicated that the US government has recently shared new intelligence with IAEA alleging the existence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program. Washington reportedly gave the IAEA permission to confront Iran with the evidence. Aghazadeh is believed to be in Vienna to present Iran’s response to the alleged evidence.

Tehran insists its program is intended only to produce electricity and has refused UN demands that it suspend its uranium enrichment program. The US is leading the push for a third set of UN sanctions against Iran.

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