Iran invites U.N. nuclear chief, hopes for deal

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By Yeganeh Torbati and Fredrik Dahl LONDON/VIENNA (Reuters) - The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog is considering an invitation to visit Tehran for scheduled talks, a possible sign of progress in a long-stalled investigation into suspected nuclear arms research by Iran. Iranian state television said International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Yukiya Amano was expected in Tehran on November 11, but the IAEA said only that an invitation was "being considered". After years of worsening confrontation with the West, Iran has switched to a more conciliatory mode in diplomacy on its nuclear activities since the relatively moderate Hassan Rouhani was elected president in June. The IAEA's talks with Iran are intended to set up an inspection regime to allow it to prove or disprove Western fears that Iran's nuclear program includes weapons research, but a series of meetings since January 2012 have led nowhere.