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IAEA: nuclear talks with Iran delayed

Vienna - The UN nuclear watchdog said on Tuesday a planned meeting with Iran next week to discuss steps meant to help allay concern over its nuclear programme had been postponed to February 8, without giving a reason.

The talks between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are separate from - though still closely linked with - broader diplomacy between Tehran and six world powers over Iran's disputed nuclear activity.

Iran's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh sorts documents before an IAEA meeting in Vienna. File photo: Reuters. Credit: Reuters

In November, Iran and the IAEA agreed a cooperation pact, including six initial steps to be taken by the country over the following three months, including access to two nuclear-related facilities and the provision of information.

They said after a review meeting last month they would meet again in Tehran on January 21 to discuss the next steps under the framework agreement. An IAEA spokeswoman confirmed in an e-mail a report that the date of the meeting had been changed.

The IAEA wants Iran to address allegations that it has researched how to develop nuclear bombs, a charge Iran denies. Tehran says the nuclear programme is entirely peaceful.

Separately, Iran and the six powers - the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia - said on Sunday the implementation of a November 24 landmark agreement to curb Tehran's atomic activity in return for some sanctions easing would begin on Jan. 20. The IAEA will play a major role in verifying that Iran implements its part of the deal. - Reuters

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