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Iran rejects call by Saudi, Qatar to join nuclear talks

Iran rejects call by Saudi, Qatar to join nuclear talks TEHRAN, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Qatar and Saudi Arabia's call to join the nuclear talks between Iran and the world major powers is "irrelevant," the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham was quoted as saying by local media on Wednesday. Afkham rejected the idea that the Arab states should be given a seat at the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group, the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany, Tehran Times daily reported.

IAEA visit to Arak nuclear facility proves Iran's transparency: lawmakers

IAEA visit to Arak nuclear facility proves Iran's transparency: lawmakers TEHRAN, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- The recent visit of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to Iran's Arak heavy water reactor is an indication of Iran's transparency, Iranian lawmakers were quoted as saying by local media on Monday.

IAEA visit to Arak nuclear facility proves Iran's transparency: lawmakers

IAEA visit to Arak nuclear facility proves Iran's transparency: lawmakers TEHRAN, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- The recent visit of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to Iran's Arak heavy water reactor is an indication of Iran's transparency, Iranian lawmakers were quoted as saying by local media on Monday.

Iran, 6 powers meet on steps to carry out nuclear deal

By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers began expert-level talks on Monday to work out nitty gritty details in implementing a landmark accord for Tehran to curb its disputed nuclear program in return for a limited easing of sanctions. The preliminary accord is seen as a first step towards resolving a decade-old standoff over suspicions Iran might be covertly pursuing a nuclear weapons "breakout" capability, a perception that has raised the risk of a wider Middle East war.

UN experts inspect Iran's Arak nuclear plant

UN nuclear experts inspected Iran's Arak heavy water plant on Sunday for the first time since summer 2011, amid international concern that the half-built site may have a military purpose. The one-day inspection of the site 240 kilometres (150 miles) southwest of Tehran was carried out by two experts, led by the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency's Iran task force, Massimo Aparo, but no details were immediately available.

U.N. inspectors visit Iranian site linked to nuclear program

DUBAI (Reuters) - U.N. inspectors visited an Iranian plant on Sunday linked to a planned heavy-water reactor that could yield nuclear bomb fuel, taking up an initial offer by Tehran to open its disputed nuclear program to greater scrutiny. The increased transparency is the result of a thaw in relations between Iran and the West that culminated in a deal struck last month under which Tehran is to curb its nuclear program in return for some easing of sanctions.

IAEA experts visit Iran's Arak reactor

IAEA experts visit Iran's Arak reactor TEHRAN, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- A team of inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited Iran's Arak heavy water reactor on Sunday, local media reported. Two of the IAEA inspectors, who arrived in Tehran on Saturday, started their inspection to Arak reactor on Sunday, the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Behrouz Kamalvandi, told semi-official ISNA news agency.

UN experts inspect Iran's Arak nuclear plant

Atomic experts from the UN nuclear watchdog were at Iran's Arak heavy water plant on Sunday to inspect it for the first time in more than two years, media reported. "The IAEA experts started their visit to the Arak facility on Sunday morning," Fars news agency quoted Iran's atomic energy organisation spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi as saying.

IAEA inspectors in Iran for heavy water plant

Inspectors from the UN nuclear watchdog arrived in Iran Saturday to visit the still-unfinished Arak heavy water plant for the first time in more than two years, the ISNA news agency reported. The two inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency will begin their work on Sunday at the site, 240 kilometres (150 miles) southwest of the capital, but ISNA did not say how long they would be there.

U.S. says may seek dismantling part of Arak reactor in final Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top U.S. diplomat suggested on Wednesday the United States may press Iran to agree to dismantle part of its Arak nuclear reactor in a comprehensive agreement to rein in Tehran's atomic program. Under an interim deal agreed between Iran and six world powers last month, Iran is to shelve fuel production for six months at Arak, an unfinished heavy-water research reactor which Western countries say Tehran could use to produce plutonium for atomic bombs. Iran says the reactor is for medical isotopes.
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