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TEHRAN 13 Dec 2012 Nuclear agency and Iran resume talks
The United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency returns to Tehran in the hope of breaking the deadlock, with diplomacy, over Iran’s nucle

December 13, 2012 - NULL

TEHRAN 13 Dec 2012 Nuclear agency and Iran resume talks
The United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency returns to Tehran in the hope of breaking the deadlock, with diplomacy, over Iran's nuclear program. Israel and the West allege the program is aimed at producing nuclear weapons. Iran denies the allegation and refuses to halt the program. The August meeting of the IAEA and Tehran made no progress, and other talks have shut down over the West's economic sanctions on Iran. Threats of harsher sanctions from the United States and its allies and threats from Israel of a military strike against

TEHRAN 13 Dec 2012 Nuclear agency and Iran resume talks
The United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency returns to Tehran in the hope of breaking the deadlock, with diplomacy, over Iran's nuclear program. Israel and the West allege the program is aimed at producing nuclear weapons. Iran denies the allegation and refuses to halt the program. The August meeting of the IAEA and Tehran made no progress, and other talks have shut down over the West's economic sanctions on Iran. Threats of harsher sanctions from the United States and its allies and threats from Israel of a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities will hang over the negotiations. A backdrop to the talks is concern that Iran might retaliate by disrupting shipping in the Strait of Hormuz, a passage for 35 per cent of the world's oil exports.

Reuters notes that Iran's talks with the IAEA are separate from its periodic talks with the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. The negotiations with the six world powers have stalled on the sanctions issue. The United States and its allies want Iran to curb its uranium enrichment program.

AP reports that US legislators are working on a set of new Iran sanctions that could prevent it from doing business with most of the world until it agrees to international constraints on its nuclear program. Iran insists that before it will negotiate, the West must lift the increasingly harsh sanctions.

Germany's Der Spiegel reported via Reuters in October that Iran's Revolutionary Guards chief has drafted a plan to cause an environmental disaster in the Strait of Hormuz to block seaborne oil exports with the goal of removing the economic sanctions imposed on Tehran.

The role of the Vienna-based IAEA is to prevent the spread of nuclear arms. (WRITTEN NOV 2012)

RELATED READING:

Iran, U.N. nuclear agency plan December talks (Reuters 9 Nov 2012)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/09/us-nuclear-iran-iaea-idUSBRE8A80PW20121109

U.S. senators seek tough new sanctions on Iran (AP/CBC) 9 Nov 2012
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/11/09/iran-nuclear-sanctions.html

Iranians plan oil spill to block Hormuz strait -German weekly (Reuters 15 Oct 2012)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/15/iran-hormuz-report-idUSL5E8LF86720121015

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Date written/update: 2012-12-13