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UPDATED: 08:45, March 01, 2006
Iran officials to arrive in Moscow for nuclear talks
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An Iranian delegation will arrive here on Wednesday for a new round of talks with Russia on its uranium enrichment proposal, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

The Iranian delegation will be led by Iran's Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Larijani, the ministry said in a short statement. Previous talks in Moscow were led by the deputy secretary of Russia's Security Council, Valentin Sobolev, and the deputy secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Hosseinitash.

Moscow has offered to host Iran's uranium enrichment activities on Russian territory. After two rounds of talks, Iran said on Sunday it had agreed in principle with Russia on setting up a uranium enrichment joint venture and negotiations on the issue would continue.

The negotiations in Tehran were complicated and difficult but Russia and Iran still have time to reach a deal before a planned meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in early March, said Russia's nuclear chief, Sergei Kiriyenko, on Monday upon returning from a three-day visit to Iran

"Some issues are yet to be coordinated. I took with satisfaction the words of Iranian Vice President Gholamreza Aghazadeh that Iran is ready to establish the joint venture in principle," Kiriyenko, who heads the Federal Atomic Energy Agency, said, quoted by the Itar-Tass news agency.

"There is little time left for further coordinating work, but we have it. I'm sure it is possible," Kiriyenko said.

The Russian plan, backed by Western countries, is seen as a crucial attempt to resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear program before the March 6 meeting of the IAEA, which reports say could start a process leading to UN punishment against Iran.

Source: Xinhua

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