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UN nuclear chief to visit Tehran for talks

2012-05-18 22:10

Vienna - United Nations nuclear agency chief Yukiya Amano will travel to Tehran on Sunday for talks with senior Iranian officials, the Vienna-based IAEA said on Friday.

The surprise development comes as Western diplomats say the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran are making headway towards a framework deal on how to tackle concerns about the Islamic state's atomic activity.

Amano "will travel to Tehran this Sunday...to discuss issues of mutual interest with high Iranian officials", the IAEA said in a statement.

The IAEA said Amano would hold talks on Monday.