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Iran’s IAEA envoy heads for Moscow

Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) leaves Tehran for the Russian capital city of Moscow to elaborate on “technical and legal” aspects of the country’s nuclear program.

“The visit to Russia is taking place with regard to the importance of the awareness of the world public opinion, particularly intellectuals, the elite, academics and mass media about various technical and legal aspects of Iran’s nuclear activities,” IRNA quoted Ali Asghar Soltanieh as saying ahead of his departure to Moscow on Wednesday.

He added that during his three-day visit, he would meet with academics and university professors, visit research centers and conduct interviews with Russian media.

The Iranian official noted that he would give explanation about Tehran’s interaction with the IAEA over the past eight years and prove that the Islamic Republic remained quite committed to its international undertaking in accordance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Soltanieh’s visit to Moscow is taking place one day ahead of the two-day multifaceted talks between Iran and the P5+1 — Britain, China, France, Russia and the US plus Germany — which are scheduled to open in the Turkish city of Istanbul on January 21.

Iran and the representatives of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council held their last round of comprehensive talks in the Swiss city of Geneva on December 6 and 7.

Iranian officials have repeatedly refuted allegations leveled by the US and its allies that Iran is developing a military nuclear program.

Tehran argues that as a signatory to the NPT and a member of the IAEA, it has a right to use nuclear technology for peaceful applications.

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