Iran, IAEA Agree on New Nuclear Talks But No Deal

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Iran and the UN atomic watchdog agreed Thursday to resume talks over the Islamic state’s disputed nuclear activities in Tehran on February 12, state television said, without giving a source.

The announcement came after two days of talks between a team of UN nuclear experts and Iranian negotiators ended without agreement, according to a diplomatic source speaking to AFP in Vienna.

The UN team led by the International Atomic Energy Agency’s chief inspector Herman Nackaerts was due to return to Vienna on Friday, the source said.

A second source, a Western diplomat, told AFP the latest he had heard was there were “still differences”.

Iran’s state television did not provide any details about the negotiations.

The talks marked the second round of negotiations in little over than a month between IAEA experts and negotiators headed by Tehran’s IAEA representative Ali Asghar Soltanieh, ISNA news agency reported.

Diplomats in Vienna said earlier they had received no indication from the IAEA delegation whether any real progress had been made at the meeting in Tehran, the latest in a year of attempts by both sides to secure a deal.

“We don’t want to speculate at this point on what the extension into a second day might mean,” one Western envoy told AFP, wishing to remain anonymous.

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