UN nuclear watchdog postpones meeting with Iran, does not cite reason publicly
Iran and the IAEA were supposed to meet next week to discuss Tehran's nuclear program, but the meeting has now been postponed until Feb. 8 (Atta Kenare/AFP)
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The United Nation's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced Tuesday that it has postponed a scheduled meeting with Iran set for next week until Feb. 8, according to Reuters.
The nuclear watchdog was scheduled to meet with Tehran authorities to discuss steps "to help allay concern over its nuclear program," but did not specify in its announcement why the meeting would be postponed.
IAEA's talks with Iran are independent from recent nuclear talks between Western powers and Tehran authorities, but are still "closely linked" to this "broader diplomacy" on Iran's nuclear activity.
Iran and IAEA previously agreed in November on a cooperation pact that outlines six steps that Iran should take over the following months in terms of its nuclear program. One of the steps includes allowing outside access to two nuclear-related facilities and provision of information. IAEA also wants Iran to "address allegations" that it has conducted research on how to develop nuclear weapons and bombs, despite Tehran's adamant denial of such activities.
At a review meeting in December, the UN nuclear watchdog and Iran agreed to meet in Tehran on Jan. 21 to discuss subsequent steps related to their November framework agreement.