Tehran Expects IAEA Chief to Make “Positive” Report on Iran

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said Tehran expects the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano to write a “positive” report of Iran’s nuclear activities to the UN body’s Board of Governors.

Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Sunday, Behrouz Kamalvandi voiced the Islamic Republic’s expectation of the IEAE chief’s next report after representatives from Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog wrapped up two days of technical negotiations which ended with a joint statement stipulating seven more practical measures in future.

The two sides had embarked on a fresh round of tight negotiations in the Iranian capital since Saturday morning, as they held three separate meetings on the prospect of future cooperation between Tehran and the IAEA.

Iran's Ambassador to the IAEA Reza Najafi led the Iranian team of negotiators, while IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of Department of Safeguards Tero Tapio Varjoranta headed a delegation of the UN nuclear body.

The two-day talks came to an end with a joint statement on Sunday.

The both parties have reportedly agreed to “take seven practical measures” in future, apart from the previous agreements they had already concluded.

Elsewhere in his comment, Kamalvandi stressed that Iran has agreed to provide “managed access” to its nuclear facilities, meaning that the IAEA inspectors “are not scheduled to have any meeting with the Iranian nuclear scientists.”

He also ruled out any talk of inspections of the country’s Parchin military site by the IAEA inspectors as part of the newly-issued statement.

The spokesman, however, declined to comment on the seven practical measures Iran has agreed to take by May 15.

Meanwhile, the IAEA published the recent joint statement on its official website on Sunday as follows:

On 8 and 9 February 2014, the Agency and the Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran) held constructive technical meetings within the Framework for Cooperation that was agreed between the parties last November.

During the meetings, the two sides reviewed progress on the implementation of the six initial practical measures that were agreed three months ago. Iran has taken the initial practical measures that were foreseen.

Iran and the Agency reached agreement on seven practical measures to be implemented by Iran by 15 May 2014.

The agreed measures are:

• Providing mutually agreed relevant information and managed access to the Saghand mine in Yazd;

• Providing mutually agreed relevant information and managed access to the Ardakan concentration plant;

• Submission of an updated Design Information Questionnaire (DIQ) for the IR-40 Reactor;

• Taking steps to agree with the Agency on the conclusion of a Safeguards Approach for the IR-40 Reactor;

• Providing mutually agreed relevant information and arranging for a technical visit to Lashkar Ab'ad Laser Centre;

• Providing information on source material, which has not reached the composition and purity suitable for fuel fabrication or for being isotopically enriched, including imports of such material and on Iran's extraction of uranium from phosphates; and

• Providing information and explanations for the Agency to assess Iran's stated need or application for the development of Exploding Bridge Wire detonators.

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