Iran Nuke Talks Sluggish, But 'Moving Forward'

UN watchdog seems some progress between Tehran, Council members
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2009 6:23 PM CDT
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, left, and French Ambassador to the IAEA Florence Margin head to a meeting in Vienna.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Negotiations over the future of Iran’s nuclear program have been sluggish, the chief United Nations representative at the Vienna talks says this evening. “I believe we are making progress. It is maybe slower than I expected. But we are moving forward,” Mohamed ElBaradei says. The permanent members of the UN Security Council want Iran to send uranium abroad for enrichment—an attempt to ensure it’s used for civilian purposes; France’s involvement was among Tehran’s concerns.