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Baeedinejad: Iran accepts IAEA supervision on nuclear program

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 2, IRNA -- Foreign Ministry Director General for political and security affairs Hamid Baeedinejad said on Saturday that supervision of International Atomic Energy Agency on Iran's nuclear program had been envisaged by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

He said that IAEA supervision is in conformity with the Safeguards Agreement of the UN nuclear agency and the additional protocol to Non-Proliferation Treaty.

He made the remarks on the sidelines of unveiling his new book titled; 'Step by step with JCPOA'.

Concerning remarks made by IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano that there is no confidence in Iran, Baeeidinejad said that his statement has been quoted mistakenly, because he had said that the agency work is not based on confidence in the member states.

He said that the agency is to verify activities of the member countries and about Iran is also to verify its work and report its outcome to Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and Mr. Yukiya Amano said that duty of the agency is verification of activities and it does not act upon report of countries.

Concerning recent approval of the US Congress, the Iranian senior diplomat said that there are differences between breaching JCPOA or hostile policies of the US against Iran.

If Iran reach conclusion that the US acts are breach of the JCPOA will do reciprocal acts.

He rebuked the US Congress for including Iran in the visa waiver program and said that Iranian government protested to the US Administration and Mr. Kerry promised to act in accordance with JCPOA.

About beginning date of JCPOA implementation, the diplomat said that there is no rush for implementation of the JCPOA and that there are primary steps, which should be taken by Iran and the other side also has measures to do to reach the implementation day.

He said that implementation of JCPOA will begin sometimes late January.


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