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Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Sunday the exchange of delegations between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is continuing and that both sides are "satisfied" with the progress being made in the technical aspect, the Xinhua news agency reported.

The minister called on the IAEA to put aside its political approach toward Iran and focus on the technical aspect of its interaction with Tehran, saying, "The more the agency distances from the political approach and moves toward technical cooperation, the opener will the path be for Iran to achieve agreements with it."

Amir-Abdollahian noted the two sides can collaborate favorably and based on mutual trust only if there involves no interference from "certain foreign countries."

Iran and the IAEA have clashed over the agency’s probe into man-made uranium particles found at three undeclared sites in the country.

Adding fuel to the fire was an IAEA report in early March which found that inspectors in Iran had found uranium particles enriched 83.7%, nearly bomb grade, at the Fordow plant.

Rafael Grossi, head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog, then visit Tehran where he received assurances from Iran that surveillance cameras at several nuclear sites would be reconnected and the pace of inspections increased.

The discovery of the uranium at near bomb level came talks between Iran and world powers on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal remain stalled and have been since September.