|Iran, IAEA to hold talks on further cooperation||
TEHRAN – A delegation of International Atomic Energy Agency experts will arrive in Tehran on Tuesday to meet with representatives of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.
The UN nuclear agency’s delegation is led by IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards Tero Varjoranta. Iran’s Ambassador to the IAEA Reza Najafi will be the head of the Iranian delegation.
During their one-day meeting, Iranian and IAEA experts are expected to evaluate the implementation of a framework agreement on further cooperation that Iran and the UN nuclear agency signed in Tehran last November and hold talks on further cooperation.
The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said on Sunday that Tehran expects the UN nuclear watchdog to deal with Iran in a businesslike and not in a political way.
“Iran regards the agency a professional organization, though it is under the influence of powerful countries,” Behrouz Kamalvandi said. “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.
IAEA inspectors visited two Iranian nuclear sites, namely the Saghand uranium mine and the Ardakan concentration plant, on May 6 and 7 as part of the framework agreement.
Iran and the IAEA also reached an agreement on the conclusion of a Safeguards Approach for the Arak heavy water reactor during a meeting in Tehran on May 5.
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 under the framework accord.
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) on the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program.
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