|Iran wants IAEA to act in non-political way: official||
TEHRAN – The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran says Tehran expects the international nuclear watchdog to deal with Iran in a businesslike and not in a political way.
“Iran regards the agency [International Atomic Energy Agency] a professional organization, though it is under the influence of powerful countries,” Behrouz Kamalvandi told the Mehr News Agency on Sunday. “We are making efforts to act in a professional way and we expect the agency to treat Iran in a businesslike and non-political way,” he explained.
He also said that Iran holds regular meetings with the IAEA in Tehran and Vienna and briefs the agency with supplementary information.
Kamalvandi also commented on reports by Western media claiming that the agency had not been satisfied with its talks with Iran, saying, “Western media pursue certain goals through publishing such pieces of news.”
“Iran and the agency are engaged in exchanging information and we provide them with supplementary information whenever the agency requires… this does not mean that the agency has not been convinced.”
“The agency’s inspectors have directly and indirectly expressed their satisfaction with the progress of work with Iran,” he added.
Kamalvandi also noted that the IAEA will announce its evaluation of the implementation of the agreements between Iran and the agency by early June.
A delegation from the IAEA came to Iran in early May and visited the Saghand uranium mine and the Ardakan concentration plant.
The visit was part of a framework accord on further cooperation that Iran and the UN nuclear agency signed in Tehran last November.
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 had previously 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.
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