IAEA Delegation Due in Iran to Discuss Remaining Issues on Nuclear Program
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior Iranian official announced that a delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is planned to resume talks on the reaming issues over Iran’s peaceful nuclear program in Tehran on Tuesday.
Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said the delegation, headed by Tero Varjoranta. IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards, plans to hold a meeting with AEOI officials in Tehran on Tuesday.
The meeting will be held with the aim of discussing the two remaining transparency measures within the framework of an agreement earlier reached between Iran and the agency.
According to the latest quarterly report published by the UN nuclear watchdog on September 5, Iran has implemented three of five transparency steps that it was supposed to by August 25 under a confidence-building deal it reached with the UN body back in November 2013.
The Vienna-based UN body, however, noted that Iran has been slow in providing information on the two issues that are part of the IAEA's investigation, namely the alleged experiments on explosives with possible military application, and studies related to calculating nuclear explosive yields.
The Islamic Republic has already provided the IAEA with the necessary answers to all questions on the issues related to so-called Exploding Bridge Wire (EBW) detonators.
EBW detonators are seen to have the potential for military applications. Iran insists that allegations of any such utility of that device in the country’s nuclear program are baseless, and has offered to help clear up ambiguities in this regard.
Iran has always dismissed suspicions that its nuclear program might have military dimensions, stressing that its program is solely for peaceful energy purposes.