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Iranian FM says G5+1 not arbitrator on Iran's nuclear issue

(Xinhua)

08:24, February 06, 2012

TEHRAN, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said Sunday that G5+1 (including the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) is not the arbitrator on Iran's nuclear issue, the official IRNA news agency reported.

"G5+1 is not the source of arbitration on Iran's nuclear activities and only International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is the major source of arbitration in this regard," Salehi was quoted as saying.

The recent trip of the IAEA team to Iran has nothing to do with G5+1, he told reporters on Sunday.

The high-ranking delegation of the IAEA held talks with Iranian officials on the controversial nuclear program of the country here last week.

"In the recent trip of the IAEA delegation to Iran and during the talks, the first step was taken to decrease the differences and to enhance shared points," Salehi said according to IRNA.

The IAEA team will make another trip to Iran three weeks later, he said adding that both sides will continue the talks in order to reach "an understanding and shared points."

"The Islamic Republic has announced its viewpoints to the IAEA delegation and they should take the next steps in their next trip to Iran," said the Iranian foreign minister.

The IAEA said last Wednesday that another meeting between the UN nuclear watchdog and Iran over its nuclear program will take place in Tehran from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22.

"The Agency is committed to intensifying dialogue. It remains essential to make progress on substantive issues," IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said in a statement.

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