Tehran, Prague Plan Projects to Develop Nuclear Cooperation

Tehran, Prague Plan Projects to  Develop Nuclear Cooperation Tehran, Prague Plan Projects to  Develop Nuclear Cooperation

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi met Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka in Prague on Monday.

During the meeting, Salehi said Iran and the Czech Republic have agreed to launch joint projects and expand cooperation in the field of nuclear technology, IRNA reported.

"The nuclear agreement [with major powers] showed that the only way to solve problems is through negotiations and only talks based on goodwill result in a win-win situation," he said.    

The AEOI chief added that following the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the official title of the nuclear deal), Iran can now develop its international relations in all spheres.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council—the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia—plus Germany started implementing JCPOA on January 16. The two sides signed the agreement on July 14, 2015, following two and a half years of intensive talks.

Under the JCPOA, all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran by the European Union, the UN Security Council and the US were lifted. Iran has, in return, put temporary curbs on its nuclear activities.

Salehi also stressed that the only way to end the crisis in Syria is an agreement by the conflicting parties.

He noted that if certain foreign countries "leave Syria alone", the country will be able to settle its own problems.

"Syria is entitled to its own independent decision making," he said.

Sobotka noted that his country has kept ties with the Syrian government to help them in their battle against terrorism.

Since March 2011, Syria has been engaged in a deadly conflict with foreign-backed militants.

According to a February report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others and displaced nearly half of the pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond Syria's borders.

Emphasizing the need for boosting ties with Iran, the Czech prime minster mentioned many fields such as energy, mining and transportation as potential areas for further cooperation.

Salehi also met with Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek and visited the Institute of Nuclear Research in Rez near Prague.

According to the Czech Foreign Ministry, during his two-day visit, Salehi was also scheduled to meet with Minister of Trade and Industry Jan Mladek and head of the State Office for Nuclear Safety, Dana Drabova.

His visit took place within the framework of the conclusion of JCPOA, the easing of international sanctions and shared interest in boosting the Czech-Iranian relations.