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UN experts, Iran begin talks on restarting probe into Tehran's suspected work on nuclear arms

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    Herman Nackaerts, center, of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards, speaks to the press before his flight to Iran at Vienna's Schwechat airport, Austria, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. The U.N. team is embarking on a new try to restart its probe into suspicions that Iran secretly worked on nuclear arms. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE -- In this Tuesday, July 24, 2012 file photo released by an official website of the Iranian supreme leader's office, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech, in Tehran, Iran. A religious decree issued by Iran's supreme leader banning nuclear weapons is binding for the Iranian government, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, suggesting that the edict should end the debate over whether Tehran is pursuing atomic arms. Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said the West must understand the significance of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's edict for Iran, saying "there is nothing higher than the exalted supreme leader's fatwa to define the framework for our activities in the nuclear field." (AP Photo/Office of the Supreme Leader, File) (The Associated Press)

Senior U.N. investigators have opened a new round of talks with Iranian officials in the hopes of restarting a probe into Iran's suspected work on nuclear arms.

Iran's semiofficial ISNA news agency says the negotiations began at the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran headquarters in Tehran Wednesday morning. It didn't provide any further details.

Before departing Tuesday for Iran, U.N. team leader Herman Nackaerts said the International Atomic Energy Agency hoped to "finalize the structured approach" that would outline what the agency can and cannot do in its investigation.

The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency has tried for more than a year to restart its stalled investigations into allegations that Iran has worked on developing atomic weapons. Tehran steadfastly denies any such activity.

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