Iran, IAEA continue cooperation ‘based on mutual understanding’

TEHRAN, July 5 (MNA) -- Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Deputy Director Mohammad Saeedi on Friday rejected rumors that Iran has reduced cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog, saying Iran’s cooperation with the agency is “continuing based on a mutual understanding.”

“Iran’s cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency will continue at the highest level in line with the Safeguards Agreement,” Saeedi told the Mehr News Agency.

 

Associated Press on Thursday reported that the head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Gholam-Reza Aqazadeh in a meeting with IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei on Thursday has signaled that Iran will no longer cooperate with UN experts probing the alleged weaponziation studies.

 

“Speculations that have been published over the past two days about the meeting between Mr. Aqazadeh and Mr. ElBaradei are baseless and are based on unilateral analyses,” Saeedi asserted.

 

The IAEA in May presented its latest report on Iran’s nuclear activities to the UN Security Council, saying the Islamic Republic should response to allegations that it is conducting weaponization studies.

 

At a closed door meeting with diplomats in Vienna, IAEA chief for inspections Olli Heinonen claimed that the agency had gathered intelligence from around 10 countries, suggesting Iran was engaged in weaponization studies in the past.

 

“In Iran’s view the issue of the alleged weaponization studies has been concluded and Iran has fulfilled its commitments in this regard,” Saeedi stated.

 

He said the Thursday meeting between Iranian and IAEA diplomats took place upon ElBaradei’s invitation.

 

“The meeting was aimed at consulting the agency’s director general because he has a key role in nuclear negotiations between Iran and the 5+1 group. The two sides agreed to continue talks alongside the ongoing political negotiations,” Saeedi stated.

 

“Iran’s relations with the IAEA are continuing based on a mutual understanding,” he added.

 

He said the IAEA is currently conducting routing inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities under the safeguards agreement.

 

Saeedi stated that ElBaradei did not make any “special requests”.

 

“What is important for the director general is that the negotiations between Iran and the 5+1 group start as soon as possible and continue until it yields the desired results.”

 

Last week, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili held talks in Geneva with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana over ending Iran’s long-running nuclear standoff with the West.

 

U.S. senior diplomat William Burns attended the talks which marked the first high-ranking meeting between the two countries in 30 years.

 

Also present were representatives from the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany.

 

Russia, China, the United States, Britain, France, and Germany last month offered Iran an updated package of incentives in return for a halt to Tehran’s uranium enrichment program.

 

The package, which is a follow-up of an original proposal in 2006, offers nuclear cooperation and wider trade in aircraft, energy, high technology, and agriculture.

 

The Islamic Republic has also presented its own package of proposals on addressing international challenges, including the threat of nuclear proliferation and has said it has found common ground between the two separate packages.

 

Iran has repeatedly ruled out suspending uranium enrichment as a precondition for talks with the major powers and has said it will hold talks “only on common points”.

 

After the meeting, the some countries within the sextet said Iran had two weeks to reply to the offer to rein in its nuclear work in return for a halt to new steps towards more UN sanctions.

 

 

BA/PA

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