The International Atomic Energy Agency will soon sign an accord with Iran aimed at trying to resolve disputes over its nuclear drive, the UN watchdog's chief Yukiya Amano said Tuesday.
He made the announcement on his return to Vienna from a visit to Iran, and on the eve of talks between Tehran and world powers in Baghdad on the long-running crisis over the Islamic republic's atomic activities.
"A decision was made by me and Mr Jalili to reach an agreement on the structured approach," he said, referring to Iran's lead negotiator Saeed Jalili.
"At this stage I can say it will be signed quite soon but I cannot say how soon it will be," he added, describing the agreement as an "important development".
Jalili said that the "existing differences will not be an obstacle to the agreement," Amano said, without elaborating.
Iran is suspected by Israel and the West of using its atomic programme to covertly try to build a nuclear bomb, charges denied by Tehran.
Source: AFP Global Edition