VIENNA, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Iran has been implementing measures under the interim deal with the six major states but a lot of work is still to be done, the UN nuclear agency said on Monday.
Reporting to the board meeting, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano said the agency is cooperating with Iran to implement the Joint Plan of Action, a interim deal made on Nov. 24 in Geneva between Iran and the United State, Russia, France, Britain, China and Germany.
The Joint Plan of Action is implemented as planned, including the dilution of a proportion of Iran's inventory of 20 percent enriched uranium, he said.
The agency said the process "has reached the half-way mark," but still needs a lot of work.
"The measures implemented by Iran and further commitment it has undertaken, represent a positive forward, but much remains to be done to resolve all outstanding issues," Amano said.
On another diplomatic track, between Iran and the agency, seven practical measures has been agreed by Iran and the IAEA, including managed visits to a uranium extraction mine and a yellowcake facility, which have to be implemented by May 15.
Iran's IAEA envoy Reza Najafi also called the cooperation between his country and the IAEA a positive development, believing it would be supported by all IAEA members.
However, the agency is still short of 1.6 million euros (2.2 million U.S. dollars) to undertake the verification and monitoring related to the measure set out in the Joint Plan of Action.
"Seventeen countries have expressed interest in contribution extra-budgetary fund. As of today, we are still short of some 1.6 million euros, I invite member states which wish to do so to make contributions," he said.