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Iran, IAEA to Meet Again in Tehran in January

Politics - Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) decided to hold the next round of their meeting in Tehran on January 21.

In a joint statement after their Wednesday meeting in Vienna, Iran and the IAEA described their Wednesday meeting as fruitful, and said that the next round of talks will be held in Tehran on January 21.

The progress of the measures agreed upon on November 11 was reviewed during today’s meeting, according to the statement.

Technical inspection of Arak heavy water reactor on December 8 was also among the issues discussed during the session.

Further discussions will be held in the next technical session slated for January 21.

In November, Iran and the UN nuclear agency agreed on a roadmap for more cooperation on outstanding nuclear issues.

Under the agreement, Iran would, on a voluntary basis, allow the IAEA inspectors to visit Arak heavy water plant and Gachin uranium mine in Bandar Abbas, Southern Iran.

The IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities, but has never found any evidence showing that Iran's nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.

The IAEA inspectors arrived in Tehran on Saturday to visit Arak heavy water reactor for a third time.

During their visit to Iran, the IAEA inspectors held a meeting with the officials of the AEOI and then visited Arak heavy water installations on Sunday.

The Islamic Republic of Iran, as a sign of goodwill to remove any possible ambiguity about the peaceful nature of its nuclear program, has given a positive response to the request made by the IAEA to visit the plant, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said in a statement last Thursday.

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