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May 22, 2012

Iranians reflect on sanctions as nuclear talks loom

VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief said on Tuesday he expected to sign a deal with Iran soon to ease investigation into suspected work on atom bombs, potentially brightening prospects for big-power talks with Tehran to stop a drift towards conflict.

Speaking on the eve of the Baghdad meeting where six powers will test Iranian willingness to put transparent limits on its nuclear program, Yukiya Amano said his wish for access to an Iranian military site where nuclear weapons-relevant tests may have occurred would be addressed as part of the accord.

May 21, 2012

U.N. nuclear chief holds talks in Tehran, hopes for deal

VIENNA/DUBAI (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief held rare talks in Tehran on Monday after voicing hope for a deal to investigate suspected atomic bomb research – a gesture Iran might make to try to get international sanctions relaxed and deflect threats of war.

International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Yukiya Amano began discussions with the head of Iran’s nuclear energy organization, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, a few hours after his pre-dawn arrival, according to ISNA news agency.

May 21, 2012

IAEA chief starts talks in Tehran, hopes for deal

VIENNA/DUBAI (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief began talks in Tehran on Monday, Iranian media said, after voicing hope for a deal to investigate suspected atomic bomb research – a possible breakthrough that Iran may count on to ease sanctions and deflect threats of war.

International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Yukiya Amano met the head of Iran’s nuclear energy organisation, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, hours after his pre-dawn arrival, according to ISNA news agency.

May 21, 2012

U.N. atom chief starts talks in Tehran, hopes for deal

VIENNA/DUBAI (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief began talks in Tehran on Monday, Iranian media said, after voicing hope for a deal to investigate suspected atomic bomb research – a possible breakthrough that Iran may count on to ease sanctions and deflect threats of war.

International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Yukiya Amano met the head of Iran’s nuclear energy organization, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, hours after his pre-dawn arrival, according to ISNA news agency.

May 21, 2012

UN atom chief hopeful on Iran deal before Baghdad meet

VIENNA/DUBAI (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear supervisor arrived in Tehran early on Monday voicing optimism he could reach a deal to investigate suspected atom bomb research – a possible breakthrough that Iran may hope could help ease Western sanctions pressure and deflect threats of war.

“I really think this is the right time to reach agreement. Nothing is certain but I stay positive,” Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said at Vienna airport, adding “good progress” had already been made.

May 20, 2012

U.N. seeks Iran nuclear deal before Baghdad talks

VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear supervisor flies to Tehran on Sunday looking for a deal to inspect suspected weapons sites – a potential breakthrough that Iran may hope could persuade the West to start lifting sanctions and deflect threats of war.

But though IAEA chief Yukiya Amano scheduled Monday’s talks with Iran at such short notice that diplomats said agreement on new inspections may be near, few see Tehran convincing Western governments to ease back swiftly on punitive measures when its negotiators meet big power officials in Baghdad on Wednesday.

May 18, 2012

U.N. nuclear chief to visit Iran, deal may be near

VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear chief will travel to Tehran on Sunday in an apparent bid to secure a deal to tackle concerns over Iran’s atomic activity, a few days before the Islamic state and world powers meet in Baghdad for broader talks on their dispute.

News of the rare visit came as Western diplomats said Iran and the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, were making headway towards a framework agreement on how to address IAEA suspicions that Tehran may be seeking to develop nuclear arms capability.

May 18, 2012

UN nuclear chief to visit Tehran for rare talks

VIENNA (Reuters) – U.N. atomic watchdog chief Yukiya Amano and top aides will travel to Tehran on Sunday for talks with Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, a few days before the Islamic state and world powers meet in Baghdad to discuss the broader nuclear dispute.

News of the rare visit came as Western diplomats said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran were making headway towards a framework deal on how to tackle concerns about the Islamic Republic’s atomic activity.

May 18, 2012

Iran may seek “tactical gain” with U.N. nuclear deal

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and the U.N. nuclear watchdog are making headway towards a framework deal on how to tackle concerns about its atomic activity, diplomats say, a potential bargaining chip for Tehran in next week’s negotiations with world powers.

Iran says such an agreement is needed before it can consider a request by U.N. inspectors to visit the Parchin military site where they believe explosives tests relevant for developing nuclear weapons may have been carried out.

May 17, 2012

Iran nuclear output seen steady before Baghdad talks

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran is installing more centrifuges in an underground plant but does not yet appear to be using them to expand higher-grade uranium enrichment that could take it closer to producing atom bomb material, Western diplomats say.

They say Iran’s production of uranium refined to a fissile concentration of 20 percent, which it started two years ago, seems to have remained steady in recent months after a major escalation of the work in late 2011 and early this year.