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IAEA talks could ease Iran tensions

Atul Aneja
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A team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is in Tehran for talks that promise to start a process, which could help ease tensions between Iran and the West.

The IAEA hopes to achieve some “real results,” during the two-day talks, said team leader Herman Nackaerts, Deputy Director of the global body, ahead of his departure to Tehran.

“We hope to have a couple of good and constructive days in Tehran.”

Monday's talks have begun at a time when both sides may be willing to take a breather from their ongoing covert war and concerted drive for one-upmanship.

On Sunday, Iran announced that it was suspending oil exports to Britain and France, which have been at the forefront of targeting Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, Iran's key ally.

The Iranian decision is being measured for its psychological value rather than its commercial bite.

While it does not significantly hurt the two countries — with Britain importing only 1 per cent of its energy requirements from Iran, and France 3 per cent

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