Iran's envoy to UN nuclear agency expected to leave post: sources

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Iran's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh sorts documents before an IAEA meeting in Vienna June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

Iran's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh sorts documents before an IAEA meeting in Vienna June 5, 2013.

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VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran's veteran envoy to the U.N. nuclear agency, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, is expected to leave his post soon but there is no word yet on who will replace him, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday.

If confirmed, it would come less than a week after the new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate, appointed a pragmatist to head Iran's atomic energy organization.

Rouhani has pledged to improve Iran's ties with the outside world and ease stringent international sanctions on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program.

There was no immediate comment from Iran's mission to the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The IAEA is investigating allegations that Iran has carried out research relevant for the development of nuclear weapons, a charge the country denies. Western diplomats have accused Iran of stonewalling the IAEA's investigation.

(Reporting by Fredrik Dahl; Editing by Alison Williams)

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ChangeIranNow wrote:
If Iran wants nuclear power for peaceful uses, it has to submit to inspection and buy fuel rods and not enrich its own. Iran also needs to clean up its human rights record and halt the barbaric practice of public hangings, as well as reopen dissident news media and release political and religious prisoners. Iran also needs to halt its foreign adventures in supporting terror groups and smuggling arms in places like Syria. If Iran’s problems were only nuclear ones, negotiations would be simple, but Iran’s tangled issues make for a complicated web. Dialogue is great, but it means to be meaningful, otherwise it’s like North Korea; a delaying tactic or bargaining chip. Iran has too long a history of saying one thing and doing another and Rouhani is as practiced at it as anyone. You can see it for yourself at www.hassan-rouhani.info. Only regime change is going to really change Iran while the mullahs and Khamenei hang onto control for dear life.

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