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6 February 2012 - 08:14

Iran says the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, known as the P5+1 group, is not the arbitrator on its nuclear energy program.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said, “The P5+1 group is not the source of arbitration on Iran's nuclear activities and only the International Atomic Energy Agency is the major source of arbitration in this regard."

He expressed satisfaction with a recent trip by an IAEA delegation to Iran, saying that some steps were taken towards resolution of the differences.

He added that talks would continue when the delegation makes another visit in the near future, noting that the IAEA's visits have to do with technical and legal matters.

Iran and the P5+1 have agreed to hold another round of talks presumably in Turkey.

The two sides held two rounds of multifaceted talks in Geneva, Switzerland in December 2010 and in Istanbul in January 2011.

The last round of negotiations ended in stalemate as the two sides failed to reach any agreement over the suspension of Iran's enrichment activities in exchange for trade and technological benefits.

The US, Israel, and their European allies accuse Iran of pursuing a military nuclear program and have convinced the UN Security Council to impose four rounds of sanctions on the country.

Tehran says, as a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency and a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), it has the right to acquire and develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
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