Iran always ready for IAEA nuclear inspections: Velayati
Iran Press TV
Wed Feb 5, 2014 5:54PM GMT
A top advisor to Leader of Iran's Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the Islamic Republic has always been prepared for the UN nuclear agency's inspection of the country's nuclear sites.
In a Wednesday meeting with Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt in Tehran, Ali Akbar Velayati stressed Iran's right to use peaceful nuclear technology, saying, "We have always expressed our readiness for [nuclear] talks and the inspection of nuclear facilities."
Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) signed a joint statement in November 2013 to outline a roadmap on bilateral cooperation on certain outstanding issues. Under the deal, Iran agreed, on a voluntary basis, to allow IAEA inspectors to visit the Arak heavy water plant and the Gachin uranium mine.
The UN nuclear agency's inspectors visited the Arak heavy water production plant on December 8, 2013, as the first step to be implemented under the Iran-IAEA agreement. The IAEA inspectors also made a five-hour visit to the Gachin uranium mine in southern Iran in late January.
Velayati, who is also president of the Expediency Council Center for Strategic Research, further described nuclear talks between Tehran and the Sextet of world powers – Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany-- as "quite positive," saying that "the implementation of the Geneva [nuclear] deal can continue based on the good will of both."
Iran and six major world powers signed a nuclear deal in Geneva, Switzerland, last November to pave the way for the full resolution of the West's decade-old standoff over Tehran's nuclear energy program. The two sides started to execute the agreement in January.
The Swedish foreign minister, for his part, also hailed the Geneva accord, saying it has created a new environment in relations between the Islamic Republic and the West.
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