Tehran rejects AP nuclear report as speculation

August 22, 2015 - 0:0

TEHRAN – Iran’s atomic energy agency has dismissed an Associated Press report that Iranian experts, instead of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) staff, will inspect the country’s nuclear sites.

On Thursday, the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi rejected as speculation the report, adding that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has so far remained committed to keeping Iran’s documents confidential.

The agency has not made any move in violation of its commitments, Kamalvandi stated, Press TV reported.

He also stressed that Iran’s considerations have been fully addressed within the framework of Tehran-IAEA cooperation.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Kamalvandi noted that Iran will continue its cooperation with the IAEA in a bid to resolve the disputed issues, adding that as the IAEA has announced in a statement, Tehran has ""submitted information related to the agency's questions by an August 15 deadline.""

------ IAEA chief defends inspection deal with Iran

The U.N. nuclear watchdog is defending its agreement with Iran — saying it gives its inspectors sufficient access to the Parchin military facility.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano issued a statement Thursday pouring cold water on the AP report, Politico reported Thursday.

Amano called the report “misleading” and said that although he couldn’t disclose details, the agreement satisfied the IAEA’s access requirements and met Iran’s demands.

“I am disturbed by statements suggesting that the IAEA has given responsibility for nuclear inspections to Iran,” he said in a statement. “Such statements misrepresent the way in which we will undertake this important verification work.

Amano described the road-map signed by Iran and the UN agency in July as ""robust"" enough to verify outstanding issues on Tehran's nuclear program.

""The Road-map between Iran and the IAEA is a very robust agreement, with strict timelines, which will help us to clarify past and present outstanding issues regarding Iran’s nuclear program,” Amano added.

The comments came a day after The Associated Press claimed that it has seen a document showing that the IAEA has allowed Iran to use its “own inspectors” to investigate the Parchin military site which some claim is related to the country's nuclear program.

On July 14, Iran and the IAEA signed a road-map for “the clarification of past and present issues” regarding Tehran’s nuclear program in the Austrian capital city of Vienna. The deal came on the same day Iran and the P5+1 - the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany - reached an agreement that would give Iran relief from international sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear program.

The IAEA confirmed in mid-August that Iran has complied with the time frame set in the road-map and has given the nuclear body the information regarding its past nuclear activities.

(Source: staff and agencies