The head of the United Nations atomic watchdog agency is in Washington today for talks with senior officials of the United States on a range of issues, including the agency's verification of Iran's nuclear programme.
Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is scheduled to meet US President George W. Bush, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and other senior officials, a UN spokesman said.
The high-level working meetings will focus on current efforts to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation regime.
On Monday Mr. ElBaradei said Iran would accept the return of IAEA inspectors on 27 March. Over the weekend, the Agency's Board of Governors adopted a strongly worded resolution on Iran's omissions in reporting its clandestine nuclear ambitions, calling on Tehran to take a number of steps to rectify the situation. Mr. ElBaradei is due to report back to the Board on the matter in May.