TEHRAN – A team of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency will travel to Iran in the near future to visit the Saghand uranium mine and the Ardakan concentration plant, the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran announced on Tuesday.
Behrouz Kamalvandi also said that an IAEA delegation travelled to Iran a couple of days ago to follow up on the agreements between Tehran and the UN nuclear agency.
The IAEA said on Monday its chief inspector had held “informal” talks in Tehran, according to Reuters.
IAEA Deputy Director General Tero Varjoranta went to Tehran “at the end of last week for informal talks as part of regular contacts between the agency and Iran,” the agency’s spokesman Serge Gas said in an email.
Gas said IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano would “provide an update on developments” in Iran to the UN agency’s 35-nation board of governors in a few weeks’ time, an apparent reference to a quarterly report due in May.
IAEA inspectors will visit the Saghand mine and the Ardakan plant as part of a framework agreement on further cooperation that Iran and the UN nuclear agency signed in Tehran last November.
The agency’s inspectors have already visited the Arak heavy water site in Markazi Province and the Gachin uranium mine in Bandar Abbas in southern Iran as part of the agreement.
According to Iranian officials, Iran has no commitments based on the safeguards agreement to allow such inspections, but it agreed to do so to show the country’s will to resolve the dispute over its nuclear program.
The Iran-IAEA discussions are separate from, but closely linked to, negotiations between Tehran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) over the country’s nuclear issue.
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