|IAEA inspectors in Iran to visit Gachin mine||
TEHRAN – International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors arrived in Iran on Tuesday to visit the Gachin uranium mine, as part of a joint statement that Iran and the UN nuclear agency signed on further cooperation on Tehran’s nuclear activities in the Iranian capital on November 11, 2013.
The joint statement represents a roadmap that specifies bilateral steps in regard to the outstanding issues concerning Iran’s nuclear program.
Under the agreement, Iran agreed to allow the agency’s inspectors to visit the Arak heavy water site in Markazi Province and the Gachin uranium mine in Bandar Abbas in southern Iran.
IAEA inspectors visited the Arak heavy water production plant on December 8, 2013.
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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