|UN inspectors arrive in Tehran to oversee Iran nuclear deal||
TEHRAN – United Nations nuclear inspectors arrived in Tehran on Saturday to monitor the implementation of a joint interim deal between Iran and world powers which comes into effect on January 20.
Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Reza Najafi, told the Fars News Agency on Friday that the inspectors will supervise the suspension of 20 percent uranium enrichment at Fordo and Natanz nuclear enrichment sites.
The team is led by the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency's Iran task force, Massimo Aparo.
The 35-nation governing board of the UN nuclear agency will meet this week to discuss its role in verifying the implementation of a landmark nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers, it said on Wednesday, Reuters reported.
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said he had requested a board meeting to be held on January 24, four days after the six-month accord is due to start taking effect.
The IAEA will have a pivotal role in supervising the deal between Iran and the United States, France, Russia, Britain, China, and Germany.
Amano said he had received a request from Iran and the six powers that the IAEA conducts monitoring and verification of nuclear-related measures in relation to the so-called Joint Plan of Action, which they hammered out in Geneva on November 24.
He said he would "consult" with the IAEA board about the request, suggesting he may not be seeking its formal approval.
Diplomats say they do not expect problems in the board discussions and also that there will not be major difficulties in finding the money to pay for the IAEA's increased work in Iran.
The agreement between Iran and the six powers is designed to buy time for negotiations on a final settlement of the decade-old dispute over Tehran's nuclear program.
Iran rejects Western allegations that it has been seeking to develop the capability to make nuclear weapons.
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