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Iran signals no nuclear talks with powers

world Updated: Sep 03, 2009 18:52 IST

A senior Iranian official was quoted by a state-run television website on Thursday as suggesting any talks with world powers would not address the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme.

The comments by Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, were published a day after world powers pressed Iran to meet them for talks on the nuclear dispute before a cmeeting this month.

"It is wrong to think that possible talks with (the six world powers) would be about Iran's nuclear programme," Soltanieh was quoted as saying by the website of al-Alam, a state-run television station.

"Iran's nuclear issue can only be examined at the International Atomic Energy Agency," he said.

Al-Alam, an Arabic-language service, said Soltanieh made the commments in an interview late on Wednesday.