Rouhani, Amano to meet in Tehran over nuclear issue

Rouhani, Amano to meet in Tehran over nuclear issue
Sat Aug 16, 2014 16:08:27

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani are set to meet in Tehran on Sunday, an Iranian envoy says.

Amano will pay a visit to Iran in line with cooperation between Tehran and the UN nuclear agency and will hold talks with President Rouhani on August 17, Iranian Ambassador to the IAEA Reza Najafi said on Friday.

He added that the visit would take place under an agreement reached between Iran and the IAEA last year.

Iran and the IAEA signed a joint statement in November 2013 to outline a roadmap on mutual cooperation on certain outstanding nuclear issues.

Under the deal, Iran agreed, on a voluntary basis, to allow IAEA inspectors to visit the Arak heavy water plant in central Iran and the Gachin uranium mine, south of the country.

The Iranian ambassador further noted that Iran would brief the IAEA on its expectations.

Amano’s Sunday visit to Tehran will come ahead of the IAEA’s August 25 deadline for Iran to provide the agency with a new set of information on its nuclear energy program.

On July 20, the IAEA’s monthly report verified Iran’s compliance with the terms of its interim nuclear deal with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Britain, Russia, France and China – plus Germany.

The Islamic Republic has eliminated its most sensitive stockpile of enriched uranium gas under the nuclear accord, the report included.

Iran has agreed to provide the IAEA with mutually agreed relevant information and managed access to the Saghand uranium mine in the city of Yazd and the Ardakan concentration plant.

Iran will also provide mutually agreed relevant information and arrange for a technical visit to Lashkar Abad Laser Center.


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