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1 February 2012 - 10:14

Talks between Iranian nuclear energy officials and an International Atomic Energy Agency delegation have come to an end.

Iran and the IAEA wrapped up three days of negotiations in Tehran on Tuesday, and the two sides agreed to hold more meetings in the future. However, no date has been set for the next meeting.

Local media reports say the negotiations were held in a positive and constructive atmosphere.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Monday that the IAEA team could extend the visit and inspect Iran's nuclear sites, but the team announced that they would leave Iran later on Tuesday.

A high-ranking delegation headed by IAEA Deputy Director General Herman Nackaerts and Assistant Director General for Policy Rafael Grossi arrived in Tehran on Sunday at the invitation of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).

In November 2011, the UN nuclear watchdog released a report accusing Iran of conducting activities related to the development of nuclear weapons before 2003 and saying that these activities "may still be ongoing."

However, Iran insists that its nuclear program was established to generate electricity and produce radioisotopes for cancer treatment and has no military component.

Tehran argues that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology meant for peaceful purposes.
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