Outstanding Issues With IAEA Resolvable

Outstanding  Issues With IAEA ResolvableOutstanding  Issues With IAEA Resolvable

The ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency said the two outstanding issues pertaining to transparency measures Iran pledged to implement under a cooperation agreement it signed with the UN nuclear agency in 2013 can be "easily" settled.

Reza Najafi was quoted by IRNA as saying, "In our view, the two outstanding issues can be easily resolved to move on to discussing new practical measures, provided that (the IAEA) puts aside the inauthentic intelligence and documents" it draws on regarding Iran's nuclear case.

He was addressing a session of the IAEA's 35-nation board of governors in Vienna on Thursday.

The two remaining issues, which the IAEA claims Iran has failed to adequately address, include alleged high explosives tests and studies that could be relevant for any effort to build nuclear bombs. Iran denies its nuclear program may have any military objectives and has already addressed the former question by offering "managed access" to the alleged site of the tests near the western city of Marivan.

"The IAEA has failed to respond to our offer in the meeting of the governing board in November of last year to provide the UN agency with managed access to the site in Marivan," Najafi said, adding, "As the Marivan issue is a made-up story like other claims against Iran, a simple visit to the alleged site in the Marivan region can prove that the intelligence the IAEA is acting on is not completely credible as purported."

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Rejecting the claims made in the recent report by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon as "unfounded," "undocumented," "repetitive" and "tedious," the envoy said, "Iran's stance on (such claims) is clear to all."

He said Iran "does not recognize" what the UN nuclear watchdog calls possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program, hence not seeing such issues as worthy of consideration.

"We believe repeating such claims has not and will not add to their credibility. So (they) are not worth considering."

Najafi referred to the contents of a joint statement released in the nuclear talks in Lausanne on April 2 to announce an outline agreement between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) and said the contents of the statement indicate that "the two sides have made big strides."

"They have reached agreement on the main parameters of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA – the official name of a final deal)."

The two sides are now negotiating to work out the details of the final deal on Tehran's nuclear program by an end-June deadline.

"This has been made possible through a demonstration of political will, good intention and hard work by all parties involved," the ambassador said, adding, "The framework agreement laid the basis for the task of drafting the text of the JCPOA."

"In our opinion, if all parties keep demonstrating political will and remain committed to the agreed parameters, the deal will be achievable by the deadline."

On the demands by some parties to the negotiations that Iran should allow access to its facilities for inspection, he told reporters after the meeting that "these are the issues still under discussion and I believe we should wait to see the final text... and before that, we cannot prejudge anything."