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Envoy Hopeful about Settlement of Issues with IAEA.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Residing Representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asqar Soltaniyeh said he is hopeful that the upcoming talks with the UN nuclear watchdog in mid-May would help resolve "outstanding issues" between the two sides.

Iran announced on Saturday that it would resume discussions with the IAEA on May 14-15 - more than two months after the last round of talks between the two sides.

"We hope that this will be a very constructive and successful meeting," Soltaniyeh, told Reuters. "The main purpose is to negotiate on a modality and framework to resolve outstanding issues and remove ambiguities," he added.

He suggested that only after such a "framework" for future cooperation had been agreed could Iran consider an IAEA request for access to the Parchin military site.

"Every action will be implemented based on this framework, afterward," Soltaniyeh said when asked whether the IAEA could visit Parchin southeast of the capital Tehran.

Iran has recent restarted negotiations with six world powers and the sides have agreed to meet again in Baghdad on May 23. Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said last week that he was optimistic that the talks with United States, Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain would make progress.

Iran says its nuclear program is a peaceful drive to produce electricity so that the world's fourth-largest crude exporter can sell more of its oil and gas abroad. Tehran also stresses that the country is pursuing a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

The US and its western allies allege that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program while they have never presented corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations against the Islamic Republic.

Iran is under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment, saying the demand is politically tainted and illogical.

Iran has so far ruled out halting or limiting its nuclear work in exchange for trade and other incentives, saying that renouncing its rights under the NPT would encourage the world powers to put further pressure on the country and would not lead to a change in the West's hardline stance on Tehran.

"We (will) never stop enrichment activities in Iran," Soltaniyeh said, describing it as an inalienable right.

May 23 talks in Baghdad between Iran and world powers focused on Tehran's nuclear program will likely not resolve all issues, an aide to Iran's supreme leader said on Monday.

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Date:May 1, 2012
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