Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear work resume today as representatives from the Persian Gulf nation meet with European Union and United Nations officials.
International Atomic Energy Agency officials met their Iranian counterparts. in Vienna. Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, talks to EU foreign-policy chief Catherine Ashton tonight in Istanbul.
“Differences remain but we are committed to dialog,” the IAEA’s top nuclear inspector, Herman Nackaerts, told reporters before entering the Iranian embassy. The agency wants to reach an agreement that would give investigators broader access to suspected facilities in Iran, he said.
The talks are the first since world powers and Iran failed to bridge differences last month in Almaty, Kazakhstan. U.S. lawmakers are discussing whether to impose more sanctions on Iran. Constrained by dozens of international penalties on suspicion its atomic program is for military purposes, Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful.
“We believe that any progress in nukes negotiations should be based on reciprocal steps and on equal footing,” Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Araghchi said yesterday in Tehran. “Targeted negotiations with good intentions can help get to a conclusion. Policy of threats will never bear fruit.”