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IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Iran, IAEA vow to expand cooperation, dialogue

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Mar 5, 2022

Tehran, IRNA -- Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have pledged to expand and speed up future dialogue and cooperation.

In a joint statement signed by Iran's Vice President and head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami and the visiting Director General of the International Atomic Energy Organization Rafeal Grossi on Saturday, the two sides " agreed on the following Joint Statement for the clarification of the issues mentioned in GOV/2021/52 of 17 November 2021.

The AEOI and the IAEA agreed, in continuation of their cooperation as stated in the Joint Statement of 26 August 2020, to accelerate and strengthen their cooperation and dialogue aimed at the resolution of the issues.

In this context, AEOI and the IAEA agreed on the following:

1. The AEOI will provide to the IAEA, no later than 20 March 2022, written explanations including related supporting documents to the questions raised by the IAEA which have not been addressed by Iran on the issues related to three locations.

2. Within two weeks after receiving the AOEI's written explanations and related supporting documents, the IAEA will review this information and will submit to the AEOI any questions on received information.

3. Within one week after the IAEA has submitted to the AEOI any questions on such information, the IAEA and the AEOI will meet in Tehran to address the questions. Separate meetings will be held for each location.

4. Upon completion of the activities set out in paragraphs 1 to 3 above and following the corresponding evaluation by the Agency, the Director General will aim to report his conclusion by the June 2022 Board of Governors.

Grossi arrived in Tehran Friday night to resolve issues regarding safeguards agreement.

Upon his arrival, he was welcomed by the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi.

During his stay in Tehran, Grossi conferred with a number of Iranian officials on continuation of cooperation between Iran and the IAEA.

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