|Iran, IAEA agree on ‘roadmap’ for further cooperation||
TEHRAN – On Monday, Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency signed a joint statement on further cooperation on Tehran’s nuclear activities.
“The joint statement represents a roadmap that specifies bilateral steps in regard to the outstanding issues,” Atomic Energy Organization of Iran chief Ali Akbar Salehi said at a joint press conference with IAEA director Yukiya Amano in Tehran on Monday.
Under the agreement, Iran would allow the agency’s inspectors to visit two more nuclear sites, the Arak heavy water site and the Gachin uranium mine in Bandar Abbas, Salehi stated.
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, Salehi added.
Amano also told the press conference, “Under the framework, Iran and the IAEA will cooperate further with respect to verification activities to be undertaken by the IAEA to resolve all present and past issues. The practical measures contained in the annex are substantive measures and will be implemented in three months starting from today,” according to an IAEA press release.
He added, “This is an important step forward to start with, but much more needs to be done.
“The outstanding issues that are not contained in the Annex to the Framework for Cooperation, including those in my previous reports to the Board of Governors, will be addressed in the subsequent steps under the Framework for Cooperation.
“The IAEA is firmly committed to resolving all outstanding issues through dialogue and cooperation.”
According to Iranian media outlets, Amano also said that the IAEA’s negotiations with Iran were “independent” of the nuclear talks that Tehran has been holding with the six major powers, the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany, which are known as the P5+1 group.
In a separate press release, the UN nuclear watchdog stated, “It is foreseen that Iran's cooperation will include providing the IAEA with timely information about its nuclear facilities and in regard to the implementation of transparency measures. Activities will proceed in a step-by-step manner.
“The IAEA agreed to continue to take into account Iran's security concerns including through the use of managed access and the protection of confidential information.”
Following is the text of the Annex to the Joint Statement on a Framework for Cooperation of November 11, 2013, which was released by the IAEA:
1. Providing mutually agreed relevant information and managed access to the Gachin mine in Bandar Abbas,
2. Providing mutually agreed relevant information and managed access to the Heavy Water Production Plant,
3. Providing information on all new research reactors,
4. Providing information with regard to the identification of 16 sites designated for the construction of nuclear power plant,
5. Clarification of the announcement made by Iran regarding additional enrichment facilities,
6. Further clarification of the announcement made by Iran with respect to laser enrichment technology.
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