Iran talks nuclear propulsion development with IAEA

TEHRAN, Dec. 18 (MNA) – AEOI head Ali Akbar Salehi said he has conferred with IAEA Dir. Gen. Yukiya Amano on Sun. about the development of nuclear propulsion capability for Iran’s marine transportation.

Following his meeting with Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency Amano on Sunday morning in Tehran, Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi told reporters that the two sides held talks on various topics, particularly on expansion of bilateral cooperation between Iran and the IAEA.

“Fortunately, the IAEA’s reports since the nuclear deal went into effect have done well in reflecting Iran’s compliance with its commitments under the agreement,” he said.

He went on to add that topics on heavy water, enriched uranium and its reserves, Research & Development were also discussed at the Sunday meeting.

Salehi also noted that President Rouhani’s directive to the AEOI following the violation of the nuclear deal by the US due to the extension of anti-Iranian sanctions, was discussed with Amano; “I specially conferred with Mr. Amano on the development of nuclear propulsion capability for our marine transportation, about how the development would take place and what our commitments towards the IAEA would be in this regard," he added. 

On Tue., President Rouhani ordered Salehi and Foreign Minister Zarif to prepare a project for development of both reactors for maritime use and fuel production in three monthsm. The move was in response to the extension of anti-Iranian sanctions that was passed by US legislators. 

“Relations between Iran and the IAEA are very good, and our stress is that the Agency be impartial and not reflect any outside influence in its reports,” Salehi said. “This has been the case so far and for that, we are thankful to Mr. Amano and the IAEA.”

Salehi went on to add that Amano will soon hold a meeting with President Rouhani where the two sides will talk in length about Iran-IAEA ties and issues related to the JCPOA. 


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