Publishe Date: 11:41 AM - 10/6/2014 | Print

IAEA Team Due in Tehran Tonight

Politics - A senior delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is due to arrive in Tehran on Monday night to meet Iranian officials and visit the country's nuclear facilities.

The delegation whose main agenda will be talks on remaining issues between Iran and the IAEA will start its negotiations with the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) officials on Tuesday morning.

On Friday, Iranian Ambassador to the IAEA Reza Najafi had informed of the visit, and said, "Tero Varjoranta, the IAEA deputy director general and head of the Department of Safeguards of the nuclear monitoring body, will head the team during the visit to Iran."

Meantime, Najafi expressed concern about Iran's secret nuclear information leaked out by the IAEA.

"It is regrettable that classified information in the agency has not been protected again, and while Iran and the agency were busy planning the meeting, the news was published by a western media outlet,” he said.

“This issue once again confirms Iran’s suspicion that spying exists in the agency,” Najafi added.

The Iranian envoy also called on IAEA Chief Yukiya Amano and other officials to fulfill their responsibilities regarding the confidentiality of information obtained from Iran.

Iran and the IAEA have been holding talks on Iran’s nuclear energy technology almost concurrent with discussions between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany) on the same issue.

In November 2013, Iran and the IAEA signed a joint statement to outline a roadmap for mutual cooperation on certain outstanding nuclear issues.

On May 21, the two sides held a technical meeting on the Framework for Cooperation agreed in November 2013. During the meeting, they agreed on five practical measures which were to be implemented by August 25.

On September 15, Amano confirmed that Iran had enforced three of the five transparency measures, saying Tehran and the IAEA had begun talks on the implementation of the two remaining measures.

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