TEHRAN, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- A team of inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived here on Saturday to visit Iran's Arak heavy water reactor, the state IRIB TV reported.
Under a Framework for Cooperation with Iran, signed on Nov. 11 in Tehran, Iran and the Agency agreed "to strengthen their cooperation and dialogue aimed at ensuring the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program through the resolution of all outstanding issues," IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said earlier.
A letter sent to Amano from EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on behalf of the P5+1 group, concerning the Joint Plan of Action agreed with Iran on Nov. 24 in Geneva, highlighted the important role of IAEA in the verification of the nuclear-related measures which were agreed in Geneva.
Under the Geneva deal, the United States and its allies will afford Iran with limited relief of sanctions on its oil, gold, petrochemicals, auto industries and civil aviation with an estimated value of about 7 billion U.S. dollars under the terms of the six-month nuclear deal.
In exchange, Iran agreed to halt enrichment above 5 percent and neutralizing its stockpile of near 20 percent uranium by means of dilution or converting. The document says Iran also agreed not to make advances of its activities at Natanz and Fordow enrichment plants and at the Arak reactor.
The Arak facility produces heavy water for a nearby research reactor still under construction where Iran says it plans to make medical isotopes, though other nations such as Israel suspect that it may be able to produce weapons-grade plutonium.
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