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Iran says nuclear watchdog chief to visit Tehran

Iran's deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, right, and Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano shake hands prior to a meeting at the International Center in Vienna, Austria on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013.
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TEHRAN, IranIran's state media say the head of the U.N. nuclear agency will visit Tehran next week in another possible sign of progress in talks over the country's nuclear program.

Tuesday's report by the official IRNA news agency quotes Iran's nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, as saying that Yukiya Amano will visit Tehran on Nov. 12.

The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency could not immediately confirm or deny the report.

Last week in Vienna, Iranian and IAEA envoys discussed Tehran's proposals to ease Western concerns that Iran could eventually produce nuclear weapons.

Details of Iran's offers have not been made public, but could be further examined during talks beginning on Thursday in Geneva between Iran and world powers.

Iran says it only seeks reactors for energy and medical applications.

Meanwhile, Iran's top negotiator said on Tuesday a framework deal with world powers on its nuclear program was "possible this week," Reuters reports.

"I believe there is a lot of work to be done. We have made some progress, but there is a great deal of mistrust in Iran concerning the attitude, behaviour and approach of some members of the P5+1," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told France 24 television during a visit to Paris. "I believe that if we don't make a breakthrough at this round it's not a disaster."