Salehi: IAEA Pleased with Visit to Iran's Heavy Water Plant
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was pleased with its inspectors' visit to Iran's heave water plant and the future visit to an uranium mine.
The IAEA is quite pleased with its recent visit to Iran’s Arak heavy water facility and the upcoming visit to Gachin uranium mine, Salehi told reporters on Sunday.
The visit took place within the framework of the agreement reached between Iran and the IAEA before Iran-Sextet nuclear deal in Geneva. In fact, the visits are implementation of two of the provisions of the recent six-article agreement made between Iran and the agency.
The Arak facility produces heavy water intended for use in a nearby research reactor that is under construction.
Under the IAEA Safeguards Agreement, Iran is not obliged to allow such inspections but the voluntary move was a goodwill gesture on the part of Iran to clear up ambiguities over the peaceful nature of its nuclear energy program.
Salehi further hoped for more positive report by the IAEA Director General about the Iranian nuclear program .
As regards the date of the next visit of the IAEA inspectors, Salehi said that it would be within the next three weeks, although its exact date is not specified.