IAEI Deputy Director-General Herman Nackaerts
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After the International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran ended a day of talks in Tehran on Wednesday, A senior Iranian official said that Iran and the U.N. nuclear watchdog had agreed on "some points", and that they would meet again, Iran's Fars News Agency reported, without giving a date.

The comments by Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, indicated that the two sides had failed once more to finalize a deal that would allow the IAEA to restart an investigation into Tehran's atomic activities.

"In addition to removing some differences and agreeing on some points in the text ... the two sides decided to review and exchange views about the new proposals that were given in this meeting, in the next meeting," he said, according to the Fars report.

In the talks, held at the IAEA offices, chief inspector Herman Nackaerts was expected to press for access to suspect documents, nuclear officials and especially the Parchin military base, where nuclear weapons parts have allegedly been tested.

Tehran said Tuesday that IAEA inspection of the Parchin base near Tehran would be possible if the country's right to a civilian nuclear program were acknowledged.

In a series of meetings over the past year, both sides have been unable to agree on the conditions under which such investigations would go forward.

Iran is to resume nuclear negotiations with the six world powers later this month in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and the results of talks with the IAEA could have an impact on a possible settlement of the dispute which has been going on for more than a decade.