Iranian nuclear facilities attacked
Fereydun Abbasi-Davani, head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency, said at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna that unidentified terrorists had attacked uranium enrichment facilities in Natanza and Fordu a month ago. The blast at Fordu happened a day before UN inspectors requested access.
High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and Secretary of the Iranian Supreme Council of National Security Sayid Jalili will discuss the Iranian nuclear program in Istanbul.
The previous round of talks was held in Moscow on June 18-19, preceded by talks in Istanbul on April 14 and in Baghdad on May 23-24. Until then, the talks had been halted for over a year.
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said in Vienna on Monday that the agency could not give guarantees that the program was peaceful.
Deputy press secretary of the White House Josh Ernest said that President Barack Obama was giving time for a diplomatic solution, RIA Novosti reports.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Iran will be 90% close to obtaining nuclear weapons in mid-2013 and requested the US to prevent it.