The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, has expressed optimism the standoff with Iran over its nuclear program can be resolved diplomatically.
"I'm very much convinced that the IAEA has an essential role to play in solving the Iran nuclear issues through diplomatic means," Amano said.
"It is to the interest of Iran and for the international community. That is why I believe there is some good reason that Iran will get cooperative with us."
Amano also said Iran appears to be cleaning up a suspected nuclear site ahead of talks next month with world powers.
The IAEA has announced it will hold talks with Iran in Tehran on December 13 after a four-month hiatus.
Based on reporting Reuters and AFP