Friday, May 16, 2008

Iran-IAEA Talks Ends With No Results

A high-ranking delegation of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) finished their three-day talks in Tehran with the officials of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization without resolving the issue of “alleged studies.”

Iran had agreed with IAEA to answer allegations that it studied how to design nuclear bombs. On 23 April, IAEA Chief Mohammad ElBaradei announced the agreement with Iran and called it a “milestone.” The IAEA delegation was in Tehran to resolve the issue. IAEA officials did not announce readiness for any further negotiations on the issue.

This week Iran offered its own package of proposal to defuse the nuclear standoff. But Western diplomats said Iran’s proposals will not be considered unless Tehran suspends its uranium enrichment activities.

The collapse of the latest round of talk in Tehran would now add to tensions surrounding the program.

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