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Salehi: IAEA inspectors soon to visit Gachin mine

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Dec 24, IRNA -- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali-Akbar Salehi said on Tuesday that inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency will soon visit Gachin uranium mine in Bandar Abbas, Hormuzgan Province.

Salehi told reporters on the sidelines of his visit to Masih Daneshvari Hospital to oversee operation of Nuclear Medicine Center, said that timing for the inspection will be fixed later in the context of action plan between Iran and IAEA.

He said visit to Gachin mine is in fact in conformity with one of the six-point action plan adoped by Iran and the IAEA on November 11 which also envisaged inspection to Arak heavy water plant.

Salehi said that Iranian and the IAEA experts will make arrangements on implementation of the remaining segments of the action plan late January.

He said that Iran agreed to the six-point action plan with the IAEA in line with the policy declared by the government to resolve the outstanding issues with the UN nuclear agency.

"In my opinion the approach made recent report of the IAEA Board of Governor Director-General Yukiya Amano more positive than the former ones."

He hoped that from now on, any time Amano provides the IAEA Board with a report on Iran, it would be more positive compared to the previous one.

"We are to continue with the same approach for confidence building so that Iranian cooperation with the UN nuclear agency would be complementary to political talks between Iran and the G5+1.

Of course the two issues must be independent of each other but they have been politicized.

Salehi said Arak heavy water plant has been designed to produce various types of isotope for medical use to meet the medical needs to isotopes.

He said in the meantime that AEOI has abundant experience in the field of producing centrifuges and other equipment and it has planned to produce medical equipment.

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