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Iran nuclear chief to attend IAEA annual session in Vienna

Politics - Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi has travelled to Vienna to take part in the annual session of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Salehi will arrive in the Austrian capital later in the day to attend the 57th IAEA General Conference, which is set to kick off on Monday at the headquarters of the Agency and will last until September 20.

The Iranian vice president may also hold talks with IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano on the sidelines of the meeting.

The IAEA General Conference, which is considered as the most significant event in the Agency’s annual calendar of meetings, will discuss the organization’s programs, activities and its budget for the coming year. The participating member states will also focus on the development of nuclear science and safety during the session.

On September 9, Amano said the Agency “remains committed to working constructively with Iran, under the country's new government, to resolve outstanding issues by diplomatic means.”

Iran President Hassan Rouhani also stated on September 13 that Tehran has always respected international regulations in its nuclear energy program, stressing, “Iran wants nothing beyond what is defined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) regarding the nuclear [rights] of countries.”

The United States and some of its allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran rejects the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the NPT and a member of the IAEA, it has the right 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 the Iranian nuclear program has been diverted toward military objectives.


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