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At the Friday meeting, senior IAEA officials are expected to press Iranian representatives for access to a site at the Parchin military complex southeast of Tehran that they suspect was used for nuclear-weapons-linked experiments.

Tehran says a visit is possible only after extensive planning and a detailed outline of procedures. IAEA officials in turn privately describe that caveat as a stalling tactic, citing satellite photos apparently showing a major clean-up effort at the site.

Iran has repeatedly turned down IAEA requests for access and agency chief Yukiya Amano was downbeat ahead of Friday’s talks.

“I cannot say that I am optimistic about the outcome of the coming meeting,” he told reporters in Helsinki, Finland, on Wednesday. “I cannot say when we can reach agreement.”

Associated Press writer Matti Huuhtanen contributed from Helsinki, Finland.