Iran keen to boost nuclear cooperation with EU

Tasnim – Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran voiced the country’s resolve to broaden interaction with the European Union in the nuclear industry within the framework of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Iran is determined to gradually enhance international cooperation with the European Union in the nuclear industry according to the JCPOA, the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany), Behrouz Kamalvandi said in the central city of Isfahan on Tuesday.

He made the comments during a new round of negotiations between Iran and the EU to boost cooperation in the field of peaceful nuclear technology. The talks, focusing on “nuclear cooperation, achievements and prospects”, began in Tehran on Monday and is proceeding in Isfahan.

Elsewhere in his comments, Kamalvandi stressed the need for the international community to protect the JCPOA, saying that Iran will keep honoring the deal as long as the other parties comply with the obligations in the text and spirit of the nuclear accord.

Last month, delegations from Iran and the EU held a 2-day round of talks in Brussels on a second joint project to grow bilateral nuclear safety cooperation.

The two sides had launched their first cooperation project of 2.5 million euro in the field of nuclear safety in July.

The first project had been signed back in April within the framework of the JCPOA.

The interaction is part of a five-million-euro package approved in 2016 with regard to Iran-EU cooperation on nuclear safety, according to which the EU helps the implementation of Annex III of the JCPOA.