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Iran, IAEA in talks about possible dates for new nuclear talks

Politics - Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are holding discussions to set possible dates for the resumption of talks over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

"I can confirm we are discussing possible dates of a meeting with Iran," spokeswoman for the UN nuclear agency Gill Tudor said on Monday.

Iranian media sources have announced that Iran and the IAEA will likely hold technical talks in Vienna on May 21. However, they later said this was only a "preliminary agreement" and that the date could be moved by one or two days.

Iran and the IAEA have already met for nine rounds of talks since late 2011. Their last meeting was held in the Iranian capital, Tehran, in mid-February.

The United States, the Israeli regime and some of their allies have falsely accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran has vehemently rejected the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, it is entitled to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Tehran’s nuclear energy program has been diverted toward military objectives.

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