TEHRAN – Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency has said that the UN nuclear chief’s visit to Iran on Sunday is meant to help advance cooperation between Tehran and the IAEA under a framework agreement they signed last November.
Ambassador Reza Najafi also said that IAEA director Yukiya Amano will meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during his visit.
In May, Iran and the IAEA reached an agreement on five additional practical measures to be implemented by August 25 as part of the framework agreement on further cooperation.
Under the agreement, Iran among other things undertook to exchange information with the agency with respect to the allegations related to the initiation of high explosives, provide information and arrange a technical visit to a centrifuge research and development centre, and provide information and managed access to centrifuge assembly workshops, centrifuge rotor production workshops, and storage facilities.
IAEA inspectors have so far visited a number of Iranian nuclear sites, including the Saghand uranium mine, the Ardakan concentration plant, the Arak heavy-water reactor, and the Gachin uranium mine, under the framework accord.
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) on the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program.
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