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    The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the organization still does not have enough evidence to confirm that Iran's nuclear program is peaceful.

    The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the organization still does not have enough evidence to confirm that Iran's nuclear program is peaceful.

    "The agency cannot still confirm that all aspects of Iran's nuclear program are peaceful," Yukiya Amano said in an address of his first annual report to the UN General Assembly on Monday.

    The IAEA chief also called for "concerted efforts" to resume six-party talks on dismantling North Korea's nuclear program "at an appropriate time." Pyongyang pulled out of talks with Russia, Japan, China, the United States and South Korea last April after the United Nations condemned the communist state's missile tests.

    Western powers suspect Iran of building nuclear weapons under the guise of a peaceful nuclear program, an accusation Tehran strongly denies.

    The Iran Six, which comprises Russia, the United States, China, Britain, France and Germany, has been trying since 2003 to convince Iran to halt its uranium enrichment program and to alleviate concerns about its nuclear ambitions.

    Talks between Tehran and the Iran Six came to a halt in 2009, after an IAEA resolution condemned the Islamic Republic over the construction of a second uranium enrichment facility.

    On Sunday the Iranian Foreign Ministry confirmed Teheran's plans to resume talks with the Iran Six (the United States, Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany) on Turkish territory.

    The talks are expected to be held in Istanbul on November 10 or 15, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said.

    The UN Security Council imposed a fourth round of sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program in June.

    NEW YORK, November 8 (RIA Novosti)

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