IAEA chief meets with Iran's FM on nuclear issues

08:16, April 26, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano on Sunday met with visiting Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki to discuss a stalled nuclear fuel proposal.

"The meeting was held in a business-like atmosphere," the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement. But the statement did not provide more details.

IAEA spokeswoman Gill Tudor said the two sides "discussed the issue of the provision of fuels for the Tehran Research Reactor and exchanged views on the possible modalities for its realization."

Mottaki is now in Vienna to drum up Austria's support to reject any new UN sanctions. Austria serves as a non-permanent member of the Security Council until the end of this year.

In another development, Austria's Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said Iran must cooperate with the West if its wants to avoid sanctions.

"I hope it will not have to come to this sanctions and that Iran is ready to cooperate with the international community," Spindelegger said at a joint news conference with Iran's Mottaki.

In October, Iran agreed in principle to send low-enriched uranium abroad for more processing. But later it said the fuel swap should take place inside its territory and simultaneously.

The West believes Iran's nuclear program is aimed at making atomic bombs while Tehran says it is for peaceful purposes only.



  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • On Sept. 26, a resident passes by a flower terrace decorated for the coming National Day. (Xinhua/Hang Xingwei)
  • The photo, taken on Sept. 26, shows the SWAT team ready for the joint exercise. (Xinhua/Wangkai)
  • Two metro trains in Shanghai collided Tuesday afternoon, and an identified number of passengers were injured in the accident, the Shanghai-based eastday.com reported. Equipment failures were believed to have caused the crash on the Line 10 subway, Xinhua quoted local subway operator as saying.
  • An employee at a gold store in Yiwu, located in east China's Zhejiang province, shows gold jewelry on Monday.(Xinhua/Zhang Jiancheng)
  • Tourists ride camels near China's largest desert lake Hongjiannao in Yulin, north China's Shaanx Province, Sept. 24, 2011. Hongjiannao is shrinking as a result of climate change and human activities, and may vanish in a few decades. Its lake area, which measured more than 6,700 hectares in 1996, has shrunk to 4,180 hectares. Its water level is declining by 20-30 centimeters annually and its water PH value has risen to 9.0-9.42 from 7.4-7.8. (Xinhua/Liu Yu)
  • Actors perform royal dance at the Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul, Sept. 27, 2011. A ceremony commemorating the 38th South Korea Sightseeing Day was held in Gyeongbok Palace on Tuesday. (Xinhua/He Lulu)
Hot Forum Discussion