Iran, IAEA Conclude Talks in Tehran
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A meeting between officials from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and a delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) came to an end in Tehran on Tuesday without any statement about the talks.
The delegation from the UN agency, led by IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of Department of Safeguards Tero Tapio Varjoranta, arrived in the Iranian capital earlier on Tuesday for a day-long visit to discuss further interaction between Tehran and the agency.
Meanwhile, Reuters quoted a spokeswoman for the IAEA as saying that the UN atomic watchdog was not planning to issue a statement about the talks on Tuesday, leaving open the possibility one might be made later.
There had been speculations that the two sides were expected to discuss IAEA requests for information about detonators that can, among other things, be used for non-civilian purposes.
The meeting took place ahead of a quarterly IAEA report on Iran's nuclear program, due this week, which will be debated by the UN agency's 35-nation governing board at a meeting in early June.
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 phased cooperation pact, Iran agreed to take seven transparency steps by May 15 to help allay international concern about its nuclear program.