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IAEA chief to visit Iran for nuclear talks

English.news.cn   2014-08-16 02:53:09

TEHRAN, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano is arriving in Tehran on Sunday for talks on continuing the cooperation between the two sides, state-owned IRNA news agency reported on Friday.

Amano will meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday to " hear Iran's expectations at the top level," Iran's representative to the IAEA Reza Najafi told IRNA, adding the talks aim at continuing the cooperation between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog within the earlier "cooperation framework."

The IAEA chief's visit comes ahead of the agency's Aug. 25 deadline for Iran to provide a new set of information on its nuclear program, Press TV reported on Friday.

Iran has agreed to provide the IAEA with mutually agreed relevant information and managed access to the Saghand uranium mine in the city of Yazd as well as to the Ardakan concentration plant, according to Press TV. It will also arrange a technical visit to Lashkar Abad Laser Center.

The country will further submit an updated Design Information Questionnaire for the IR-40 Arak heavy water reactor and take steps to agree with the IAEA on the conclusion of a Safeguards Approach for the IR-40 reactor.

Iran and the IAEA signed a joint statement in November 2013 to outline a roadmap on mutual cooperation on certain outstanding nuclear issues. On July 20, an IAEA report said that Iran has complied with its obligations under the interim Geneva nuclear deal.

The UN watchdog said that Iran has diluted part of its 20- percent enriched uranium stockpile to five-percent purity, while the rest is being converted into uranium oxide as agreed under a so-called Joint Plan of Action reached in Geneva last November. The report added that Iran has also stopped enriching uranium beyond the five-percent level.

Earlier in July, Iran and the P5+1 group, comprising the United States, China, France, Russia, Britain and Germany, failed to meet the July 20 deadline to reach a comprehensive agreement, but agreed to extend the nuclear talks until Nov. 24.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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