IAEA chief visits Tehran to confer with top Iranian officials

October 29, The Iran Project – Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano arrived in Tehran late on Saturday to hold talks with senior Iranian officials.

While in Tehran, the IAEA chief held separate meetings with President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as well as Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi.

Talking to Amano, Iranian President said that Islamic Republic is committed to development of long-term cooperation with IAEA, stressing the necessity for protecting the IAEA’s neutrality and independence.

He also hailed the UN nuclear watchdog’s constructive role in the implementation of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), adding that Islamic Republic is ready to develop cooperation with the IAEA based on the UN nuclear watchdog rules, safeguard and the nuclear deal.

Amano also welcomed broadening of cooperation with Iran, calling the JCPOA a good deal and reiterated that the Islamic Republic has been bound to all its commitments enshrined in the JCPOA.

Meanwhile, during a separate meeting , Zarif and Amano stressed the need for the compliance of all parties to the Iran Nuclear Deal.

The IAEA director-general once again reiterated that Iran has remained committed to its pledges under the 2015 nuclear deal, saying the agency regards the implementation of the deal by all the contracting parties is as having special significance.

Besides, in a meeting with Amano, Iran’s top nuclear official said that Section T of Annex I of the July 2015 Iran nuclear deal does not include ‘special visit’ to the Iranian sites.

“[It comprises] voluntary commitments to which Iran has always been faithful,” Head of the Atomic Energy , Salehi noted.

Earlier, The US demanded inspections of Iran’s military sites, which the Islamic Republic has vehemently rejected.

Iran says demands to access its military sites are aimed at politicizing the JCPOA, stressing that its defense capabilities are not up for negotiation and bargaining.

“Since January 2016, the IAEA has been monitoring and verifying the nuclear-related commitment made by Iran under the JCPOA. The IAEA believes that the JCPOA is some significant gain upon verification, ” Amano stated.

Under the deal signed in July 2015, Iran undertook to apply certain limits to its nuclear program in exchange for the termination of all nuclear-related sanctions.