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IAEA inspectors visit Iran's Gachin uranium mine

Iran Press TV

Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:36PM GMT

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors have made a five-hour visit to the Gachin uranium mine in southern Iran.

"Inspectors of the agency visited various sections of the Gachin mine which lasted five hours," Director General for Safeguards Affairs at the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Mohammad Amiri told IRNA on Wednesday.

"This inspection was conducted in line with the … agreement [reached] between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency which was [in the form of] managed access," he added.

The three-member IAEA inspection delegation arrived in Tehran on Tuesday to visit the Gachin mine as part of a joint statement signed by Iran and the UN nuclear body in November 2013 to outline a roadmap for bilateral cooperation on certain outstanding issues.

Under the Iran-IAEA deal, Tehran agreed, on a voluntary basis, to allow the IAEA inspectors to visit the Arak heavy water plant and the Gachin uranium mine.

The IAEA Safeguards Agreement does not require Tehran to authorize IAEA inspections to visit those sites. The voluntary move is a goodwill gesture on the part of Iran to clear up ambiguities over the peaceful nature of its nuclear energy program.

On Tuesday, the IAEA inspectors held a meeting with Amiri and set the schedule for the visit to the Gachin 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.


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