VIENNA, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- The board of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) pledged to strongly support the agency to intensify the inspection of Iran's nuclear program, the chief of the agency on Friday told reporters after the board meeting.
States among the board members pledged to support and contribute to the enhanced investigation of Tehran's atomic plan, especially in terms of some 5.5 million euros (7.5 million U.S. dollars) founding gap, said Yukiya Amano.
"This is an important and encouraging development after several years of little or no progress," Amano said in his statement, refer to the support of the member states and the start of implementing the Joint Plan of Action.
But he also added that there would be still a long way to go to resolve the issue.
To monitor Iran's implementation of the Joint Plan of Action agreed on 24 November 2013 in Geneva, IAEA seeks to intensify the inspection of Tehran's nuclear program.
The agency decided to double the staff resources devoted to verification in Iran, and is considering to set a temporary office in Iran, but the location was not decided yet, he said.
Amano noted U.S, Germany, France and some other states pledged to donate to the budget, which is said to be doubled compared to the existing inspections.
A Vienna based diplomat told Xinhua that Germany has expressed intention to donate 750,000 euros (1,03 million U.S. dollars) to the funding, while some other states pledged to donate but without naming the specific sum of money.
The U.S. envoy to the agency said in his statement to the board that the U.S. would make "an appropriate financial contribution."
Amano called for donations for intensified inspection of Iran's nuclear program early this morning, saying his agency needs extra-budgetary contributions of some 5.5 million euros (7.5 million U.S. dollars) for intensified inspection.
A report released by the UN nuclear agency on Monday showed that Iran began to implement the Joint Plan of Action by suspending some disputed nuclear activates, an action which is considered to be a milestone in the context of the long-time disputed issue, which diplomacy failed to resolve in the past decades.
The agency's chief also confirmed the nuclear inspectors would visit Iran's Gchine uranium mine in the next few days, the visit is reportedly to take place on January 29, as the first visit since 2005.
According to the deal agreed in Geneva, Iran would scale back its nuclear plan under the monitor of IAEA, which would ensure Tehran's atomic plan is exclusively peaceful, and western states would relief sanctions in return.
Iran has always been saying its nuclear plan is solely peaceful while the west doubts the real aim of the nuclear plan.