Amano visit to remove IRI nuclear program’s ambiguities: Salehi
Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said the visit Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA Yukiya Amano has made to Tehran on Monday is aimed to remove some ambiguities of the Islamic republic's nuclear program.
According to Khabar Online's political correspondent, the trip of Amano to Iran was finalized before the crucial meeting of Iranian envoys with the representatives of 5+1 group including the United States, Russia, the UK, France and China plus Germany in Baghdad.
Earlier, Salehi told ISNA that Amano's visit takes place because of his own interest, "we had previously invited Mr. Amano to make a trip to Iran, but he preferred to discuss with us ahead of our talks with 5+1 group," he stated.
Iran's Foreign Minister further said: "We welcome the visit as a good omen and it provides an opportunity for Iran to reorganize relations with the International Atomic Energy Agency. The key issue in our discussion with the Director General of IAEA is to resolve a number of remaining problems."
"Furthermore, we are to achieve a result in our discussions with Mr. Amano and his colleagues, and speculate about establishing a new modality in bilateral ties," the former head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization said.
He reiterated that Amano and the IAEA delegation do not seek inspection in the trip and are only after dialogues with Iranian officials.
Amano is accompanied by the IAEA Deputy Director General for Safeguards Herman Nackaerts and Assistant Director General for Policy Rafael Mariano Grossi during his one day trip to Iran.
The Japanese head who has already been criticized by the Islamic Republic for his biased approach to its atomic activities, stressed before trip to Tehran that he is seeking reconciliation between Iran and the IAEA on new rules of cooperation which could send a positive signal to the Baghdad meeting.
As well as Salehi, IAEA Director General is expected to meet the incumbent head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, also the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council and top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili.
The latest round of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the six world powers was held in Istanbul last month after a 15-month hiatus and was described by both parties as “constructive”. The first round of the talks had been taken place in Geneva, Switzerland in December 2010, and the second was held in Istanbul, Turkey in January 2011.
The West powers, above them the United States claim Iran's nuclear program is meant for producing atomic weapons, but the Islamic Republic has categorically rejected such allegation stressing that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Iran has focused its nuclear activity on civilian purposes including medical research and electricity production.
Taking measures based on their allegations, the United States and the European Union formerly imposed economic sanctions on Iran, above them putting an embargo on business with Iran's Central Bank (CBI) which made a negative impact on the market of gold and foreign currency in the country.
Ahead of nuclear negotiations with the six world powers in Baghdad, Salehi has said Iran regards the events so significant and expressed his optimism about the result.
"As a matter of fact, not only Iran but the West wants to settle the nuclear dispute. It's important for us to bring the dispute to an end since we would like the international oil market to have stability from all aspects," Iran's top diplomat stated.
However on the precondition set by the West that Iran should halt uranium enrichment up to 20 percent, Salehi said: "Our nuclear activities are carried out within the framework of the NPT. We are ready to discuss on the current problems in a serious manner but without any precondition."