Official Clarifies Ahead of Amano Visit: No Interview With Iranian
Kayhan International (IRAN) Date: 19 September 2015 - 21:25
VENNA (Dispatches) -- The head of the UN nuclear agency set off for Tehran
on Saturday for high-level meetings as the two sides try to resolve
outstanding issues related to Iran’s activities.
Fredrik Dahl of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency said that IAEA
chief Yukiya Amano’s meetings Sunday were aimed at "clarifications of past
and present outstanding issues” linked to the agency’s probe.
Diplomats told The Associated Press on Friday that Amano was planning a trip
to push for interviews with Iranian scientists linked to alleged experiments
as well as to discuss a planned inspection of Parchin but Iran immediately
rejected the report.
"Some international media release biased reports with certain motives and
this is not a new practice,” said Behrouz Kamalvandi, the speaker for the
Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), on Saturday.
Amano’s visit is intended to pave the way for the "implementation” of the
roadmap signed between Iran and the IAEA in mid-July, he added.
"The visit will focus on the ongoing cooperation between the IAEA and the
Islamic Republic of Iran in the context of the Road-map for the
clarification of past and present outstanding issues regarding Iran’s
nuclear program,” a statement issued by the IAEA said.
On July 14, Iran and the IAEA signed a roadmap regarding the Islamic
Republic’s nuclear work in Vienna. The agreement was reached on the same day
Iran and the P5+1 – the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and
Germany – finalized the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in
As part of the roadmap, the IAEA is required to finish its investigations
about Iran’s nuclear activities and submit a report to the agency’s board by
On Monday, Amano said Iran has successfully met its obligations as
stipulated in the roadmap, including an August 15 deadline for sending
written explanations on its past activities.
Earlier this week, experts from Iran and the UN nuclear agency wrapped up a
two-day session in Tehran, during which the Iranian team discussed the
questions posed by the IAEA on September 8 with regard to Iran’s
explanations. According to reports, expert meetings will continue in the
city during the first week of the Iranian calendar month of Mehr (late
The UN Security Council on July 20 unanimously endorsed a draft resolution
turning the JCPOA into international law.
Under the JCPOA, limits will be put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange
for, among other things, the removal of all economic and financial bans
against the Islamic Republic.
The trip is significant, with Amano traveling less than a month before an
Oct. 15 deadline for report on Iran’s activities.
A final UN assessment is due in December, and that will feed into the larger
July 14 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, helping to determine
whether sanctions on Iran will be lifted.
Iran denies any work on — or interest in — nuclear weapons. It says IAEA
suspicions are based on false intelligence from the United States, the
occupying regime of Israel and other adversaries. In refusing access to
scientists the agency is interested in, Iran cites past assassinations of
several experts it says worked on peaceful nuclear programs.
In a tweet last week, chief Iranian IAEA delegate Reza Najafi said Parchin
"is a military site and Iran will not let any inspector go there”.