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IAEA, Iran end nuclear talks in Tehran, no detail-ISNA

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:56 GMT
Author: Reuters
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DUBAI, Feb 13 (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog and Iran ended a day of talks in Tehran on Wednesday, but there was no immediate word on the outcome, the Iran Students' News Agency reported.

The "negotiations between Iran and the Agency which started Wednesday morning ... ended a few minutes ago. There is still no news of the details from this meeting," ISNA said.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had hoped to bridge persistent differences with Iran preventing the Vienna-based U.N. agency from restarting a stalled investigation into suspected nuclear bomb research by Tehran.

Iran denies Western allegations that it is seeking to develop the capability to make nuclear weapons.

Western diplomats accredited to the IAEA said they did not expect any breakthrough in Wednesday's talks in Tehran.

"Given Iran's uncompromising attitude and unwillingness to reach an agreement with the IAEA, I do not expect progress to be made," a Western envoy said.

(Reporting by Yeganeh Torbati, Zahra Hosseinian and Fredrik Dahl; Writing by Fredrik Dahl; Editing by Michael Roddy)

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