IAEA inspectors due in Tehran to visit two nuclear sites
Tehran, Iran, May 4
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Deputy Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Massimo Aparo is due in Iran's capital, Tehran, to visit two nuclear sites.
Aparo is expected to visit Ardakan yellow-cake production plant and the Saghand uranium mine as part of the monitoring process.
A team of IAEA experts will accompany him in the mission.
A number of inspectors have already arrived in Tehran, while Aparo is expected to land in Tehran on Sunday night.
The inspectors' trip is in line with a deal that was signed between Iran and the IAEA in November, 2013. Tehran voluntarily agreed to allow the agency's inspection of certain nuclear energy site under the deal.
Additionally, Iran and the IAEA reached an agreement in February, regarding seven practical steps which Tehran will carry out by May 15.
The IAEA inspectors visited the Arak heavy water plant on December 8, 2013 as the first step in mutual cooperation under the Iran-IAEA agreement. The IAEA inspectors also made a five-hour visit to the Gachin uranium mine in late January, Press TV reported.
The agency's safeguards agreement does not require Tehran to authorize IAEA inspections in those sites. 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.