Soltaniyeh: Installation of 2 cameras at UF6 production phase shows Iran's additional cooperation with IAEA
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Isfahan, Feb 3, IRNA
Iran's Ambassador to the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh said here Saturday that the two cameras installed at the UF6 production facilities at Isfahan UCF Complex is a sign of Iran's additional cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog.
Speaking to reporters during the inspection of UCF Complex along with the visiting ambassadors to the IAEA from the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Troika, including Saudi Arabia, Cuba and Malaysia, as well as the Group of 77, he said that technically the cameras are not needed, but that Iran accepted it just for the sake of additional cooperation.
He noted that UCF is a closed system, which does not need to be controlled by cameras.
"We have even sealed the UF6 (uranium hexafluoride gas) in the storehouse, which under inspection by IAEA cameras," he added.
The Iranian diplomat said that 250 tons of UF6 have so far been produced at Isfahan UCF Complex.
Soltaniyeh underlined that the standards of the UCF Complex are in accordance with those of the IAEA.
"For the sake of safety of the complex, we have even built two buildings to this end to separate radioactive materials from non-radioactive ones," he added.
In response to a question about installation of the two cameras despite the IAEA inspections within the framework of Safeguard Agreement, he said that this is only to demonstrate Iran's goodwill, adding that this is considered as an additional cooperation.
After Iran's nuclear issue was sent to the United Nations Security Council, according to the bill ratified on the issue by Majlis, implementation of the Additional Protocol (on additional cooperation) should have been suspended.
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