Good steps taken in Iran-IAEA cooperation: AEOI chief

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Chief Ali Akbar Salehi said on Saturday that the country has had good collaborations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) within the framework of the country’s national interests.

Iran’s cooperation with the IAEA has been within the framework of the country’s national sovereignty and interests, Salehi reassured, speaking to Islamic Republic News Agency.

“Fortunately, good steps have been taken in this regard,” the Iranian nuclear chief added, expressing the hope that Iran’s case in the IAEA would be closed by the end of 2015.

The remarks came after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano on Friday conferred on continued cooperation on the implementation of a Road-map recently signed between the two sides.

During the meeting in New York, the UN nuclear chief voiced preparedness to continue cooperation between Iran and the IAEA on the implementation of the Road-map “in a positive atmosphere.”

At the meeting, Zarif welcomed measures taken by Amano to put the Road-map agreed between Iran and IAEA into action.

He expressed the hope that the case of allegations against Iran would be closed in due time thanks to the positive cooperation between the two sides, and that Tehran and IAEA will enter into the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the new atmosphere of cooperation.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) finalized the JCPOA in the Austrian capital of Vienna on July 14.

On the same day, Iran and the IAEA signed the Road-map for the clarification of past and present issues.

As part of the Road-map, the IAEA is required to finish its investigations about Iran’s nuclear activities and submit a report to the agency’s board by December 15.

By Tasnim News Agency