VIENNA (Reuters) – On Monday, the talks started in Vienna between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran’s controversial nuclear program is progressing well, said the envoy of the Islamic Republic in Vienna Tuesday.
These discussions, held over two days at the head of the diplomatic mission in Vienna, be used to test the will of Tehran to clarify aspects of its nuclear program before the scheduled meeting May 23 in Baghdad with the group of “Six” (U.S., Russia, China, France and Britain, plus Germany).
“We had good discussions. Everything is (on) track. The environment is very constructive,” said Ali Asghar Soltanieh to reporters before the start of the second and final day of discussions.
The Deputy Director General of IAEA Herman Nackaerts, head of the delegation of the UN agency in the talks, was more cautious.
“You understand that I can not comment at this time. Discussions are continuing course today,” he said.
The Islamic Republic is suspected by the West of seeking to develop nuclear weapons under cover of its civilian nuclear program. Tehran denies and ensures that its atomic program is solely for generating electricity.
The IAEA, in charge of preventing the spread of nuclear weapons in the world, has insisted that the issue of access to sites, documents and information related to Iran’s nuclear program, would be “priority” at the Vienna talks.
Until now, the Islamic Republic has resisted the urgings of the UN agency to have access to the Parchin military complex, located southeast of Tehran.
According to an IAEA report in late November, Iran had built a large containment chamber on this site, for testing of high power explosives, a “strong indicator of a possible military development.”
Western diplomats suspect Iran of wanting to clean the site before you make between the IAEA inspectors. The Iranian Foreign Ministry has denied the accusations, saying it was not possible to “clean” nuclear activities.
The report led the United States and the European Union to strengthen its sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
Israel the only country in the Middle East with a nuclear arsenal, according to general opinion, even if the Jewish state neither confirms nor denies, and the United States has not ruled out military intervention against Iran to prevent it from becoming a nuclear power.