Iran: IAEA convinced about Neutron transport issue

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian experts have convinced the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about the issue of the papers published in the country in relation to neutron transport and associated modeling, a spokesman announced on Monday, adding that Tehran will provide the IAEA with only one time access to the Parchin military site.

“The AEOI experts convinced them that this (paper) is merely an academic essay and such a paper could be published on any other topic such as enrichment and of course, I think that the IAEA has been convinced, but is mulling (to declare) its acceptance,” Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi told reporters in a press conference in Tehran today.

The spokesman had said in March that the two cases which had remained unsettled with the IAEA were the alleged initiation of explosives in Marivan, and the papers published in Iran in relation to neutron transport and associated modeling and calculations and their alleged application to compressed materials.

Kamalvandi was also asked by reporters today about the possibility of the IAEA’s visit to Parchin military site.

“Mr. (Hassan) Rouhani, the Iranian president, in a meeting with IAEA Chief Yukiya Amano has stressed that the IAEA will be allowed to pay an exclusively one-time visit to Parchin and of course this will happen provided that no new allegations, ambiguities and questions will be raised in this very regard again,” he added.

Parchin military center, which contains no nuclear or nuclear-related facilities or installations, has already been visited twice by IAEA inspection teams, headed by former deputy director general of the world body when Mohamed ElBaradei was the IAEA Director General.

Kamalvandi also said that in none of the recent meetings between Iran and the IAEA, the issue of Parchin has been raised.

He also elaborated on the heavy water produced by Arak reactor in Central Iran, and said, “At present, we have 100 tons of heavy water and we can export a part of it after the final agreement (is struck with the world powers).”

Kamalvandi reminded that Iran has spent a lot of money in its heavy water reactor in Arak, and it is, thus, determined to keep its achievements there.

In relevant remarks in March, AEOI Chief Ali Akbar Salehi stressed that Iran’s redlines for any final nuclear deal with the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) remain unchanged, reiterating that Tehran was resolved to keep its Arak heavy water reactor and Fordo Enrichment Plant.

Salehi said at the time that “the function and nature of the Arak Heavy-Water Reactor…will remain unchanged as a heavy water facility”.

By Fars News Agency