Iran N-deal another major step forward: IAEA chief

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano has welcomed the newly-signed nuclear deal between Iran and the six major world powers as an “important step forward.”

“The IAEA welcomes the agreement reached in Geneva, which is another important step forward following the agreement reached between the Agency and Iran on 11 November in Tehran,” said Amano in a statement on Sunday.

On Sunday morning, Tehran and the six powers — the US, Britain, China, Russia, France and Germany — inked in an interim agreement over Iran’s nuclear energy program following more than four days of intensive discussions in the Geneva, Switzerland.

The IAEA chief went on to say that the Agency is prepared to help verify the implementation of the nuclear accord between Iran and the six countries, which is aimed at paving the way for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Tehran over its nuclear issue.

“With the agreement of the IAEA’s Board of Governors, the Agency will be ready to fulfill its role in verifying the implementation of nuclear-related measures,” Amano noted.

According to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, the deal allows the Islamic Republic to continue its activities at Arak, Fordow and Natanz facilities. The agreement also stipulates that no additional sanctions will be imposed on Tehran because of its nuclear energy program.

Earlier in the day, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, said the nuclear deal between Iran and the Sextet does not restrict Tehran’s nuclear activities.

Salehi and Amano signed a joint statement in Tehran on November 11 on a road map for more cooperation on outstanding nuclear issues.

Under the deal, Iran will, on a voluntary basis, allow IAEA inspectors to visit the Arak heavy water plant and the Gachin uranium mine in Bandar Abbas, in southern Iran. The IAEA Safeguards Agreement does not require Tehran to authorize IAEA inspection of these sites.

By Press TV


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