IAEA inspectors to meet with Iran nuclear officials today
5 May 2014, 10:23 -- Inspectors with the UN nuclear watchdog agency IAEA are scheduled to meet Monday with their counterparts from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said in his official statement. Iran's IRNA news agency cited Kamalvandi as saying Monday that IAEA monitors had arrived in Tehran overnight and were to leave for Vienna on Tuesday.
They are expected to inspect the Saghand uranium mine and the Ardakan uranium ore concentrate processing plant in the Yazd province during their two-day visit.
The spokesman of the AEOI, which is a state-run nuclear monitoring agency, also said that Iran had fulfilled the majority of its obligations under the seven-step plan deal with the IAEA.
Most of the seven-step procedural agreement between Iran and the IAEA has been implemented within the framework of the joint plan of action, IRNA quoted Kamalvandi as saying Sunday.
He noted that Tehran was also preparing to welcome IAEA's delegation chief Massimo Aparo who is expected to report the implementation of the first step of the Geneva Joint Plan of Action, agreed by IAEA and Iran on 24 November 2013.
The visit will come as part of an interim deal between IAEA and Iran aimed at making its nuclear program more transparent to appease the West's fears of Tehran seeking to procure WMD.
The deadline is set for May 15, RIA reports. UN nuclear watchdogs earlier inspected a string of Iran's nuclear sites, including a heavy water reactor in the city of Arak.
The IAEA controls the implementation of a broader range of deals reached by Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers, which comprises the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.
A report released in April said Tehran had already neutralized half of its highly-enriched uranium stockpile.
IAEA inspectors to visit Iran's nuclear sites
Iran's official news agency is reporting that international inspectors will visit two nuclear sites in the coming days.
The Sunday report by IRNA quotes Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman of Iran's atomic department, as saying the inspectors will visit a uranium mine and a uranium-thickening facility in Ardakan. The inspectors are from the United Nations atomic agency.
Kamalvandi says with those visits, Iran will have met seven requirements demanded by the International Atomic Energy Agency by May 15.
He says 'six steps have been taken.' He did not elaborate, but those steps include revealing information about its development of a detonator that can be used in nuclear weapons.
The West fears Iran's nuclear program could allow it to build an atomic bomb. Iran says its program is for peaceful purposes.
Iran says it has briefed nuclear watchdog on suspected detonators
Iran has provided the UN nuclear watchdog with a report about the use of detonators with military applications, as part of a seven-step accord intended to allay fears about the country's atomic program, Iranian media said on Sunday, as reported by Reuters.
Hoping to end global economic sanctions, Iran's new government agreed in February to take seven practical steps by May 15 to clear up suspicions held by the United States and several other countries that its goal is to produce nuclear weapons.
Tehran insists its nuclear projects are purely civilian.
Among the seven steps is to provide information to the International Atomic Energy Agency on the so-called exploding bridge wire (EBW) detonators, which can have both civilian and military applications.
Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency said on Sunday the 'EBW report has already been submitted to IAEA, (along with) updated design information on Arak reactor.'
The heavy water Arak reactor is another point of contention between Tehran and the IAEA, which is mandated by world powers to investigate Iran's suspected nuclear activities.
There was no immediate comment from the international nuclear watchdog, but senior IAEA official Massimo Aparo was due to join a team of inspectors in Tehran late on Sunday to visit Saghand uranium mine and 'yellow cake' production plant in Ardakan, and also hold discussions on the Arak reactor.
'The implementation of all seven steps agreed with IAEA will be finalized this week,' ISNA said.
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