20756
Tehran, IAEA Discuss  Past, Look to Future
National

Tehran, IAEA Discuss Past, Look to Future

Two delegations from the International Atomic Energy Agency met officials in Tehran on Monday to continue talks on Iran's past nuclear activities and discuss how to continue cooperation.

The IAEA delegations comprised of Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards Tero Varjoranta and some of his high-level colleagues held meetings with officials, including the spokesperson for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Behrouz Kamalvandi, Ambassador to the IAEA Reza Najafi and some members of the Supreme National Security Council.

Kamalvandi told ISNA on Sunday, "The visit by UN agency (director Yukiya Amano's) deputies and other officials is aimed at following up on consultations in Amano's trip."

The P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany), which are in talks with Tehran on its nuclear program, want Iran to grant more access to the IAEA and to answer its questions about previous nuclear work as part of a prospective nuclear deal.

The deal, which the two sides have until July 7 to finalize, would lift sanctions, with Iran accepting temporary constraints on its nuclear program in return.

Amano met President Hassan Rouhani and other officials last week in Tehran.

After the trip, he issued a statement posted on the IAEA's website, saying, "The purpose of the visit was to advance work towards the resolution of all outstanding issues regarding Iran's nuclear program, including clarification of possible military dimensions."

"I believe that both sides have a better understanding on some ways forward, though more work will be needed."

Iran denies the allegation that it has been seeking the capability to develop a nuclear weapon, saying its nuclear work is solely for civilian purposes.

"We also touched on the ongoing negotiations between E3+3 (also known as the P5+1) countries and the Islamic Republic of Iran towards a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the official name of the accord), and the Agency's monitoring and verification of nuclear-related measures under such agreement," the statement added.

Amano also spoke to reporters in Vienna on Saturday about his visit to Tehran.

"The IAEA has intensified engagement with P5+1 and Iran in order to make the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action technically sound," he told reporters.

"Progress was made on the way forward, but more work is needed. With cooperation from Iran I think we can issue a report by the end of the year on the assessment of the clarification of the issues related to the possible military dimensions."

"Once an agreement is reached on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the IAEA is ready to implement the nuclear related elements when requested," Amano added.

 

Short URL : http://goo.gl/qnwpPq

You can also read ...

Gov’t Alone Not Responsible for Economic Ills
The plethora of economic problems gripping the country cannot...
New Fighter Jet to Be Unveiled
Iran will unveil this week a new jet fighter and upgrade its...
Iraq’s Hakim Highlights Special Relations
Head of the National Wisdom Movement of Iraq Ammar al-Hakim...
The Kremlin said Merkel and Putin held a ““very serious and detailed” three-hour discussion during their meeting outside of Berlin, including an exchange of views on Ukraine, Syria, Iran, and a crucial pipeline project.
Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed the importance of...
Majlis to Impeach Economy Minister
A motion signed by 33 MPs calling for questioning  the economy...
Veep Says Economy Will Not Buckle Under Pressure
First vice president said on Saturday the country will resist...
Afghan Envoy Says Ties Strong, Moving Forward in Key Sectors
Relations between Iran and Afghanistan are developing in a...
Doom of Action Group a Foregone Conclusion
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that a...

Trending

Googleplus