IAEA Inspectors to Visit Iran’s Uranium Mine in Late January
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) announced that inspectors representing the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are set to arrive in Tehran on January 29 to carry out an inspection of the country’ southern uranium mine.
“The IAEA inspectors will travel to Tehran on January 29 to visit the Gachin mine according to Tehran statement,” Behrouz Kamalvandi said on Thursday.
Iran and the UN nuclear body signed a joint statement in November 2013 to outline a roadmap on bilateral cooperation on certain outstanding issues.
Under the deal, Iran agreed, on a voluntary basis, to allow the IAEA inspectors to visit the Arak heavy water plant and the Gachin uranium mine.
The IAEA inspectors had already visited the Arak heavy water production plant on December 8, 2013.
Earlier on January 5, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi said that the IAEA was pleased with its inspectors' visit to Iran's heavy water plant.
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.