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Iran’s Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says Tehran and the UN nuclear agency will hold a new round of talks in Tehran on Wednesday, February 13. Ali Asghar Soltanieh made the announcement in an interview with Iran's Arabic-language news channel al-Alam on Monday. Iran and the IAEA last met in Tehran on January 17-18. On Saturday, Soltanieh held a briefing about Iran’s nuclear energy program for the ambassadors of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) countries to the IAEA’s Board of Governors in Vienna. He said another briefing would be arranged after an upcoming meeting between Iranian and IAEA representatives. Iran is scheduled to hold a new round of talks with the P5+1 group (the United States, France, Russia, Britain, and China plus Germany) in Kazakhstan on February 26. The US, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that the Iranian nuclear program has been diverted toward nuclear objectives. KA/SS/MA