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"Significant progress" in implementation of Road-map: Amano

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Sept 21, IRNA -- "Significant progress has been achieved in the implementation of the Road-map," Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano said upon returning from the visit to Iran on Monday.

'For the first time, the IAEA has had access to a location at the Parchin site which the IAEA regards as essential for the clarification of outstanding issues concerning Iran's nuclear programme,' he said quoted by the IAEA website.

Amano briefed the IAEA's Board of Governors on Monday about his visit to Iran over the weekend.

IAEA visit to the Parchin site is a key provision of the Road-map for the clarification of alleged past and present outstanding issues regarding Iran's peaceful nuclear program, signed by the two sides in July.

Previously, the IAEA had been able to observe the site only using satellite imagery.

'The Board received a detailed account of Amano's talks with President Hassan Rouhani, Vice-President of Iran and President of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif,' according to IAEA.

'Access to the location at the Parchin site was important in order to clarify issues related to possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear programme,' Amano was quoted saying.

During his visit to Iran, IAEA reported, Amano also held discussions with senior Iranian government officials on issues related to the future implementation of Iran's nuclear related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, recently agreed between Iran and the six countries and the European Union, known as the E3/EU+3.

The Road-map sets out a timeline of activities for the two sides to complete before the end of the year.

"Much work remains in the weeks ahead," Amano said.

"Full implementation of the Road-map is essential to clarify all outstanding past and present issues regarding Iran's nuclear programme."

Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Envoy to IAEA Reza Najafi said on Monday that Tehran did not let IAEA inspectors visit or take samples at Parchin site, east of Tehran.

In reaction to the allegations made by Reuters, he told reporters that the report is totally unfounded as Iran did not let any inspectors visit or take samples or even supervise taking samples by the Iranian experts.

Iranian experts took samples by themselves as it was among Iran's redlines and no inspector is allowed to enter into military sites for inspection, he added.

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