Iran resolved to cooperate with IAEA: Zarif
Iran Press TV
Sun Aug 17, 2014 9:40AM GMT
Iran's foreign minister says Tehran is determined to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remarks during a Sunday meeting with IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano in the Iranian capital, Tehran.
Amano, for his part, underlined the IAEA's resolve to fulfill its obligations as an impartial and professional body within the framework of its regulations.
During the meeting, the two sides reviewed the process of mutual cooperation and underlined the importance of adhering to the joint cooperation plan signed between Tehran and the IAEA over the past year.
Later in the day, Amano also met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
The IAEA chief arrived in Tehran on Sunday to hold talks with Iranian authorities on the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program.
Iran and the IAEA signed a joint statement in November 2013 to outline a roadmap for mutual cooperation on certain outstanding nuclear issues. Under the deal, Iran agreed, on a voluntary basis, to allow IAEA inspectors to visit the Arak heavy water plant in central Iran and the Gachin uranium mine, south of the country.
On July 20, the IAEA's monthly report verified Iran's compliance with the terms of its interim nuclear deal with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Britain, Russia, France and China – plus Germany.
The two sides clinched the landmark interim deal in Geneva on November 24, 2013.
Under the deal, dubbed the Geneva Joint Plan of Action, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period. The agreement took effect on January 20.
On July 18, Iran and the six countries agreed on the extension of nuclear talks until November 24.
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