IAEA visit shows Iran goodwill in nuclear talks: Analyst

Iran has shown its “goodwill” in nuclear talks by allowing inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to visit the Arak heavy water production plant, a political commentator tells Press TV.

“Iran said that we are ready to be more transparent and in order to be more transparent, Iran needs to trust the IAEA this time and Iran has shown its goodwill by opening up the gates of the Arak reactor,” Hamid-Reza Emadi said in an interview with Press TV on Monday.

The IAEA inspectors arrived in Tehran on Saturday after the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) granted the agency’s request to visit the plant.

The voluntary move is a goodwill gesture on the part of Iran to clear up ambiguities over the peaceful nature of the country’s nuclear energy program.

Emadi pointed to the recent deal made between Iran and six major world powers in Geneva over the country’s nuclear energy program, saying “Iran has been trying to be more transparent under the deal.”

“They have seen some of the most sensitive parts of Iran’s civilian nuclear program and they have recorded everything and got back to their countries,” he added.

The analyst noted the goodwill gesture shows that “Iran has taken the first step” and in return, the West must now lift some sanctions imposed against the country.

The Arak heavy water facility, which uses natural uranium to produce radio medicines, is planned to gradually replace the Tehran research reactor to produce medical radioisotopes for cancer patients.

On November 24, Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council- the US, Russia, France, China, and Britain- plus Germany sealed an agreement to lay the groundwork for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over its nuclear energy program.

In exchange for Tehran’s confidence-building measure to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the Sextet agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

By Press TV


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