Iran’s atomic chief to meet U.S. energy secretary

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Ali Akbar Salehi
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Ali Akbar Salehi

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) confers with the Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) Ali Akbar Salehi.


Iran’s atomic agency chief Ali Akbar Salehi is due to meet with U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in Geneva as part on the nuclear talks aimed at clinching a historic deal, Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported.

Negotiators from Iran and six major powers failed to meet a self-imposed deadline in November to clinch an agreement that would curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.

Representatives of Iran, Britain, the United States, Russia, China, France and Germany will hold talks in Geneva on Feb. 22 to seek a solution to Iran’s nuclear programme, the European Union’s External Action Service (EEAS) said in a statement, according to Reuters.

“This meeting will be preceded by a bilateral meeting between the United States and Iran with the participation of EEAS Political Director Helga Schmid who will then chair the E3+3 Political Directors’ meeting on Sunday,” it said.

The United States and its allies fear that Iran’s nuclear program could be used to develop a nuclear bomb. Iran denies having any nuclear weapons ambitions.


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