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Iran, IAEA Still Deadlocked on Nuclear Standoff

Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency on Wednesday completed their 10th round of talks since early 2012 without reaching agreement on the scope of a frozen probe into possible nuclear weapon-relevant activities in the Middle Eastern nation, Reuters reported.

The U.N. nuclear watchdog wants to look into foreign intelligence findings that Iran might have carried out a number of experiments capable of supporting nuclear arms development. Tehran insists its atomic efforts are strictly peaceful.

"We had intensive discussions today but did not finalize the structured approach document that has been under negotiation for a year and a half now," IAEA safeguard chief Herman Nackaerts said following the session in Vienna, Austria. "Our commitment to continue dialogue is unwavering. However, we must recognize that our best efforts have not been successful so far. So we will continue to try and complete this process."

Another meeting was not immediately scheduled.

The meeting began hours before separate talks in Istanbul, Turkey, between senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who has represented six key governments in atomic discussions with Tehran..

Jalili on Wednesday said Iran's existing atomic policies will remain in place after the country votes for a new president next month, Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported. The envoy is among the candidates.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi on Tuesday said Iran's atomic positions "are based on people’s rights and can’t be compromised under any government,” Bloomberg reported. Araqchi said the “next government will pursue the same process and defend Iran’s rights.”

NTI Analysis