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Iranian diplomat says new IAEA report includes some positive changes


TEHRAN: A senior Iranian diplomat has said that the new Iran report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) includes some positive changes, including the removal of a location, alleged to indicate the possible presence in the past of a uranium metal disc, from the agency’s list.

Mohammad Reza Ghaebi, head of Iran’s permanent mission to international organizations in Vienna, made the remarks in response to IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi’s report on the agency’s Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) safeguards agreement with the Islamic republic after his visit to Iran, Xinhua news agency reported, citing Iran’s official news agency IRNA.

The latest report, which contains the agency’s normal updates for presentation to the IAEA Board of Governors meeting to be held on Monday, nevertheless, repeats the presence of certain unresolved technical issues between the two sides, Ghaebi said.

He noted that the report has some positive changes and reflects both sides’ willingness to make progress toward resolving their differences and solving the remaining safeguards issues.

Iran and the IAEA on Saturday agreed on a roadmap to resolve Iran’s nuclear safeguards issues by June, according to a joint statement by Grossi and Mohammad Eslami, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, after their meeting in Tehran early Saturday.

Earlier, The Vice-President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and President of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), and the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) agreed on the following Joint Statement for the clarification of the issues mentioned in GOV/2021/52 of 17 November 2021.

The AEOI and the IAEA agreed, in continuation of their cooperation as stated in the Joint Statement of 26 August 2020, to accelerate and strengthen their cooperation and dialogue aimed at the resolution of the issues.

In this context, the AEOI and the IAEA agreed on the following:

The AEOI will provide to the IAEA no later than 20 March 2022 written explanations including related supporting documents to the questions raised by the IAEA which have not been addressed by Iran on the issues related to three locations.

Within two weeks after receiving the AEOI’s written explanations and related supporting documents, the IAEA will review this information and will submit to the AEOI any questions on the received information.

Within one week after the IAEA has submitted to the AEOI any questions on such information, the IAEA and AEOI will meet in Tehran to address the questions. Separate meetings will be held for each location.

Upon completion of the activities set out in paragraphs 1 to 3 above and following the corresponding evaluation by the Agency, the Director-General will aim to report his conclusion by the June 2022 Board of Governors.


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