TEHRAN, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Sunday that his brief visit to Iran and talks with top Iranian officials were "useful," as he offered new proposals to boost cooperation between the UN nuclear watchdog and the Islamic republic, according to official IRNA news agency.
Visiting IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano praised Iran's high- ranking officials for underscoring their commitments to the cooperation framework between Iran and the IAEA, hoping that all the remaining ambiguities over Iran's nuclear program could be solved soon based on an agreement signed in November 2013, which outlined a roadmap on their cooperation on certain outstanding nuclear issues.
Amano also said that the IAEA is committed to helping resolve past and present issues through mutual cooperation, for which he offered some new proposals that are expected to be implemented in the near future.
After meeting the IAEA chief, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that "Iran is serious in its nuclear talks with the world powers as well as with the IAEA, and it does not want anything beyond its right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes."
The president added that with serious goodwill on both sides aiming to resolve the remaining issues around Iran's nuclear program, Iran and the IAEA can conclude their talks in less than a year.
In its effort to be transparent about its nuclear program, Iran has allowed the IAEA to observe its "peaceful" nuclear activities, Rouhani said, adding that "Iran will only agree with the legal observations of the UN nuclear watchdog within the framework of the (Nuclear Proliferation Treaty) directive."
He also stressed that Iran's missile program will not be on the discussion table during its nuclear talks with the powers.
On Sunday, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali-Akbar Salehi said that Iran has provided the IAEA with the necessary answers to all questions on issues related to the so-called Exploding Bridge Wire (EBW) detonators, Tasnim news agency reported.
Amano discussed EBW detonators with the Iranian officials, saying that Iran presented information on its decision to develop detonators in the past, while adding the agency should evaluate Iran's need for developing EBW.
Amano arrived in Iran on Saturday night to enhance collaboration between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog. His visit came ahead of Iran's Aug. 25 deadline for providing the IAEA with updated information on its nuclear program.
A July 20 report by the IAEA said that Iran has complied with its obligations under the interim Geneva nuclear deal. The agency 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.
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