TEHRAN – The Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency said late on Sunday that Tehran has complemented the implementation of three of the five practical measures it agreed in May to take as part of the framework agreement with the IAEA until August 25.
Iran and the UN nuclear agency signed a framework agreement on further cooperation last November in Tehran. Iran has increased its cooperation with the IAEA to help resolve the dispute over its nuclear program since President Hassan Rouhani took office last year.
Iran’s engagement in IAEA investigation is closely linked to the process of talks between Tehran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) on a compressive deal to resolve the nuclear dispute. Any progress in Iran-IAEA cooperation will help advance the nuclear talks with the major powers.
Ambassador Reza Najafi also said Iranian and IAEA experts held a technical meeting in Tehran on Sunday to discuss the implementation of the two remaining steps.
The steps include providing information about two issues that are part of the IAEA inquiry into what it calls the possible military dimensions (PMD) of Iran’s nuclear program, which Tehran says is entirely peaceful.
Under the May agreement, Iran agreed to provide the agency with information about alleged experiments on high explosives that could be used for an atomic device and alleged studies related to calculating nuclear explosive yields.
Najafi said Iran and the IAEA have agreed to continue their talks on the issues.
“In view of the complexity of the issues, it was predictable that the completion of the discussions until August 25 was not possible, and the discussions will continue in the near future,” he said in an interview with IRAN.
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