Switzerland, Iran to boost nuclear safety cooperation

IRNA – Iranian and Swiss nuclear regulatory authorities agreed in Switzerland to enhance cooperation, as the Central European nation assumes presidency of the Western European Nuclear Regulators Association.

The visit on Sunday was attended by Director General of Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI) Hans Wanner and the head of Iran’s Centre for Nuclear Safety System Hojattollah Salehi and the two sides agreed on devising the roadmap for furthering cooperation.

The meeting was a follow-up to the agreement signed in 2016 between Iran and Switzerland aimed at preparing the way for the two nations to boost their engagements in the area of nuclear safety.

The main goal of the memorandum of understanding was to strengthen nuclear safety ties and promote exchanges and cooperation between regulatory authorities in the two countries.

ENSI Director General Wanner travelled to Tehran in late February 2016, as part of the scientific delegation of Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann.

During the meeting between the Swiss official and Naser Rastkah, then Director General of the Iran Nuclear Regulatory Authority, the two explored possible ways to develop ties.

Now and according to the new agreement signed today, a group of nuclear regulatory experts from Switzerland are expected to visit the Iranian Centre for Nuclear Safety System at the end of the current year.

Switzerland now has the presidency of the Western European Nuclear Regulators Association (WENRA).

Iran’s Centre for Nuclear Safety System started a project to improve the nuclear safety in Iran in a meeting with high-ranking European officials, based on the implementation of Annex III of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed between the G5+1 and Iran in July 2015.