IAEA’s Arak visit part of Iran-Agency deal: Envoy

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Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency says the recent IAEA visit to Arak heavy-water production plant was part of a mutual agreement and not the Geneva deal, Press TV reported on Dec. 28.

"Iran has had no requests, within the framework of the Geneva agreement, for the presence of inspectors and the inspection of [the country's] nuclear facilities and sites," Reza Najafi said.

In November, Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - the US, France, Russia, Chaina and Britain - plus Germany sealed an interim deal in Geneva to set the stage for the full resolution of the dispute over the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program.

He added that Iran had asked IAEA inspectors to come to Iran to visit the Arak heavy-water production facility in line with its agreement with the UN nuclear agency.

He said IAEA inspectors verbally expressed their satisfaction with the visit, saying all their "technical expectations" had been met.

IAEA inspectors visited the Arak facility on December 8 as part of a November agreement between Tehran and the agency under which Iran agreed, on a voluntary basis, to allow inspectors to visit the heavy water plant and Gachin uranium mine in Bandar Abbas, in southern Iran.

The voluntary move is a goodwill gesture on the part of Iran to clear up ambiguities over the peaceful nature of its nuclear energy program.

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