Iran offers new proposals to IAEA: Araqchi

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi says Tehran has offered new proposals over the country’s nuclear issue.

The Iranian official added that he held “very positive and constructive” talks with the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on Monday.

The negotiating teams of Iran and the IAEA are supposed to start discussion about setting up a new framework for cooperation, Araqchi said.

He added that in his talks with Amano, he gave a detailed explanation about “Iran’s new approach.”

“In talks with Amano, it has also been emphasized that the Islamic Republic of Iran is keen to improve its cooperation with the agency,” the Iranian official stated.

He added that Iran also expressed its readiness to “respond to all IAEA questions and ambiguities in a short period of time.”

He, however, emphasized that Iran and the IAEA should move “with a new approach and an upward view.”

Iran’s Ambassador to the IAEA Reza Najafi is heading the Iranian delegation and IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards Herman Nackaerts is leading the IAEA team.

The last round of talks between Iran and the IAEA – the first to take place under the administration of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani – was held on September 27. Afterwards Nackaerts hailed the meeting as “very constructive.”

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran has categorically rejected the allegation, stressing that as a committed member of the IAEA and a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities, but has never found any evidence showing that the Iranian nuclear program has been diverted toward non-civilian objectives.

By Press TV


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