|Iran has started implementing nuclear transparency measures: Amano||
Iran has begun implementing nuclear transparency measures ahead of an August 25 deadline agreed with the International Atomic Energy Agency to provide more information about its nuclear work, Reuters quoted the UN nuclear chief as saying on Monday.
“The implementation of these five measures started,” IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano told reporters at Vienna airport on his return from Tehran, where he met senior Iranian officials.
“I expect that progress will be made over the next week,” said Amano, after securing what he called on Sunday a firm commitment to cooperate with the IAEA’s further investigation into Tehran’s nuclear program.
In a press conference on Sunday in Tehran, Amano had described his visit to Iran as “useful”.
“This has been a short visit, but a useful one,” he said, according to a press release published on the website of the UN nuclear agency.
He also said, “My purpose today was to meet with high-level policy makers to discuss how to strengthen cooperation and dialogue as agreed under the Framework for Cooperation (which was signed by Iran and the IAEA last November).”
“I was very glad to hear from the highest levels a firm commitment to the implementation of the Framework for Cooperation, and to resolve all present and past issues through dialogue and cooperation with the IAEA,” he said, adding, “Officials on both sides have been able to plan how to move ahead with the existing practical measures, including the five measures (agreed on) May 20.”
Elsewhere in his remarks, Amano said, “We have proposed discussions on a number of new practical measures to be taken up as the next step under the Framework for Cooperation. I hope these can take place in the near future.”
“We have also followed up on issues related to the use of Exploding Bridge Wire detonators,” he said.
In addition, he said, “The agency remains committed to working with Iran, to resolve all past and present issues, through cooperation and dialogue. In order to resolve all outstanding issues, past and present, it is very important that the Framework for Cooperation continues to be implemented.”
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