IAEA delegation in Iran for two-day talks
Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 9
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: A delegation of the International Atomic Energy Agency arrived in Tehran on March 9 to hold talks for two days with Iranian nuclear officials.
The five-member delegation is headed by Tero Varjoranta, IAEA Deputy Director General and head of the Department of Safeguards, Iran's IRNA news agency reported on March 9.
Atomic Energy Organization of Iran's spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said that Iran would discuss the IAEA claims about explosive experiments at the Marivan site.
We will also discuss about neutron transport and associated modeling and calculations and their alleged application to compressed materials, he added.
"We have told them that if you think some explosions have occurred at the Marivan site, give us its exact place and we will give you access to the site."
On December 11, 2014, the IAEA claimed that the offer does not help address the agency's concerns pertaining to the issue of alleged high-explosive experiments at the site.
An IAEA report in 2011 claimed that it had information indicating large-scale high-explosive experiments were conducted at the site. Tehran has categorically dismissed the allegation.
Negotiations between Iran and the UN nuclear agency will be held in the presence of representatives from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and Iran's Foreign Ministry.
Earlier, International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano said that Iran still needed to hand over key information to the UN body necessary for its investigation of the country's nuclear program.
"Iran has yet to provide explanations that enable the agency to clarify two outstanding practical measures," Amano told the IAEA's Board of Governors in Vienna, according to Reuters.
The two missing pieces of the puzzle relate to alleged explosive tests and other issues related to research that could also be useful for military uses of atomic energy. According to Amano the missing pieces of data should have been addressed by Iran by last August.
Edited by CN