Iran says IAEA can visit Arak heavy water reactor before next nuclear talks

Iran says IAEA can visit Arak heavy water reactor before next nuclear talks

Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 12

By Temkin Jafarov, Saeed Isayev - Trend: Spokesman of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Behrouz Kamalvandi revealed more details on which IAEA can visit country's Arak heavy water reactor, IRNA reported.

"IAEA's experts can visit and monitor the work of Arak heavy water reactor until Dec. 11, prior to next Iran-IAEA talks," Kamalvandi said. "If the sides can agree on the specific details, the experts can come and see the work of the reactor."

Mentioning the recently made joint Iran-IAEA statement, Kamalvandi said Iran will try, in less than a year, to solve all IAEA's concerns regarding Iran's nuclear program.

Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, Ali Akbar Salehi said on Nov. 11 that this joint statement will become a road map for future cooperation and settlement of unresolved issues.

The joint statement included six paragraphs. According to one of them the IAEA experts are allowed to monitor the Arak heavy-water reactor and Gechin uranium mine, located near the southern port of Bandar Abbas.

"We've agreed to solve the existing problems in the next 3 months, one step at a time," he said. "These six paragraphs outlined in the statement are one point, the rest will follow."

"We want Iran and IAEA to have a detailed cooperation. We will answer only those questions that the IAEA addresses us," Kamalvandi said.

Salehi said on Nov. 11 that the reason for allowing IAEA experts to carry out monitoring was Iran's desire to demonstrate willing in talks and not give any reason for others to hinder them, so the IAEA experts could carry out monitoring.

The IAEA, whose mission is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, has been trying to negotiate a so-called structured approach with Iran giving the inspectors access to sites, officials and documents for their long-stalled inquiry.

World powers are monitoring the IAEA-Iran talks for any signs as to whether Tehran, facing intensifying sanctions pressure, may be prepared to finally start tackling mounting international concerns about its nuclear activity.

The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies. The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical researches instead.

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