|IAEA official to visit Iranian nuclear sites||
TEHRAN – A delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was scheduled to enter Tehran on Sunday to visit two Iranian nuclear sites and filing a report on the implementation of the first step of the Geneva Joint Plan of Action by Iran, an Iranian nuclear official announced on Sunday.
IAEA official Massimo Aparo, who leads the delegation, will visit Saghand uranium mine and “yellow cake” production plant in Ardakan on Monday and Tuesday and will deliver his report to the nuclear watchdog, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi told IRNA.
The visit is part of a framework accord on further cooperation that Iran and the UN nuclear agency signed in Tehran last November.
Later in February, Iran voluntarily agreed to implement seven new practical measures by May 15 to allay concerns regarding its nuclear activities.
The agency’s inspectors have already visited the Arak heavy water site in Markazi Province and the Gachin uranium mine in Bandar Abbas in southern Iran as part of the agreement.
“The implementation of all seven steps agreed with the agency will be finalized this week,” Kamalvandi stated.
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.
Iran and the 5+1 group are leading negotiations to build on an interim deal struck in November, under which Tehran agreed not to expand its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief. The agreement came into force on January 20. Iran and the major powers have set a July 20 deadline to clinch a long-term deal that would lead to a gradual lifting of all nuclear-related sanctions.
The agreed measures between Iran and the IAEA are:
Providing mutually agreed relevant information and managed access to the Saghand mine in Yazd;
Providing mutually agreed relevant information and managed access to the Ardakan concentration plant;
Submission of an updated Design Information Questionnaire (DIQ) for the IR-40 Reactor;
Taking steps to agree with the Agency on the conclusion of a Safeguards Approach for the IR-40 Reactor;
Providing mutually agreed relevant information and arranging for a technical visit to Lashkar Ab'ad Laser Centre;
Providing information on source material, which has not reached the composition and purity suitable for fuel fabrication or for being isotopically enriched, including imports of such material and on Iran's extraction of uranium from phosphates; and
Providing information and explanations for the Agency to assess Iran's stated need or application for the development of Exploding Bridge Wire detonators.”
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