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Chronology of Key Events

(January - December 2012)

DECEMBER 2012

20, Thursday. Communication from Iran. The IAEA circulated a communication from the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran (issued as INFCIRC/847) enclosing an explanatory note, dated June 2012, by the Permanent Mission on the report of the Director General on Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and Relevant Provisions of Security Council Resolutions in the Islamic Republic of Iran contained in GOV/2012/23 (25 May 2012). INFCIRC/847

14, Friday. Communication from Iran. The IAEA circulated a communication from the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran (issued as INFCIRC/844) enclosing a statement of the Non-Aligned Movement on the 2012 Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and all other Weapons of Mass Destruction. INFCIRC/844

14, Friday. Statement on IAEA-Iran Talks. Transcript of remarks made on 14 December 2012 by Herman Nackaerts, Deputy Director General for Safeguards, upon returning to Vienna, after talks between senior International Atomic Energy Agency officials and Iranian representatives in Tehran on 12 December 2012. Press Statement

NOVEMBER 2012

29, Thursday. IAEA Board Convenes Meeting. The IAEA Board of Governors convened its final meeting of the year. The 35-nation Board will discuss various issues, including the Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and Relevant Provisions of Security Council Resolutions in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Director General Yukiya Amano opened the meeting with a statement. He also briefed the media following the opening of the Board meeting. Full Story | DG Statement | Audio: DG Statement [.mp3] IAEA Board Report, 16 November 2012 | Media Advisory, 22 November 2012

16, Friday. Iran Safeguards Reports Circulated to IAEA Board. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano circulated his report on nuclear safeguards in Iran to the Agency's Board of Governors, the 35-member policymaking body. The Board next convenes in Vienna on 29 November 2012. IAEA Board Report [pdf]

SEPTEMBER 2012

18, Tuesday. IAEA Statement on Meeting with Dr. Fereydoun Abbasi. The Director General of the IAEA, Yukiya Amano, met yesterday with H.E. Dr. Fereydoun Abbasi, Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Head of the Atomic Energy Agency of Iran (AEOI). Press Statement

17, Monday. IAEA Director General Reviews Priorities. At the opening of the 56th IAEA General Conference, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano addressed the participants and reviewed the IAEA's activities and achievements of the previous twelve months. In his adress to the 56th IAEA General Conference, Director General Yukiya Amano provided an update on nuclear verification issues in Iran. Full Story | DG Statement | Video: DG Statement | Audio: DG Statement [.mp3]

14, Friday. IAEA September Board of Governors Concludes Deliberations. The IAEA Board of Governors concluded its third meeting of the year after discussing several key issues and adopting a resolution urging Iran to cooperate with the Agency. Full Story | Resolution [pdf]

12, Wednesday. Communication from Iran. The IAEA circulated a communication from the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran (issued as INFCIRC/842) regarding "Facts on Iran's Nuclear Policy". INFCIRC/842

10, Monday. IAEA Board Convenes Meeting. The IAEA Board of Governors convened a meeting at the Agency's headquarters. During the week, the Board will discuss the Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and Relevant Provisions of United Nations Security Council Resolutions in the Islamic Republic of Iran, among other topics. Director General Yukiya Amano opened the meeting with a statement. He also briefed the media following the opening of the Board meeting. Full Story | DG Statement | Video: DG Statement | Audio: DG Statement [.mp3] | Photo Gallery: Board of Governors | Photo Gallery: Press Conference | IAEA Board Report, 30 August 2012 | Media Advisory, 3 September 2012

AUGUST 2012

30, Thursday. Iran Safeguards Reports Circulated to IAEA Board. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano circulated his report on nuclear safeguards in Iran to the Agency's Board of Governors, the 35-member policymaking body. The Board next convenes in Vienna on 10 September 2012. IAEA Board Report, 30 August 2012 [pdf]

24, Friday. IAEA Statement After Iran Talks. The following is the text of a media statement by Herman Nackaerts, Deputy Director General for Safeguards, after talks between senior IAEA officials and Iranian delegates in Vienna. Full Story

JUNE 2012

8, Friday. IAEA Statement After Iran Meeting. Senior IAEA officials met an Iranian delegation in Vienna to seek agreement on a structured approach document to resolve outstanding issues relating to Iran's nuclear programme. Press Release

4, Monday. IAEA June Board of Governors Begins Deliberations. The IAEA Board of Governors opened its second meeting of the year at the Agency's headquarters. During the week, the Board will discuss the Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and Relevant Provisions of United Nations Security Council Resolutions in the Islamic Republic of Iran, among other topics. Director General Yukiya Amano opened the meeting with a statement. He also briefed the media following the opening of the Board meeting. Full Story | DG Statement | Video: DG Statement | Audio: DG Statement | Photo Gallery: Board of Governors | Photo Gallery: Press Conference | IAEA Board Report, 25 May 2012 | Media Advisory, 29 May 2012

MAY 2012

29, Tuesday. Iran Safeguards Reports Circulated to IAEA Board. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano circulated his report on nuclear safeguards in Iran to the Agency's Board of Governors, the 35-member policymaking body. The Board next convenes in Vienna on 4 June 2012. IAEA Board Report, 25 May 2012 [pdf] | Media Advisory, 29 May 2012

18, Friday. IAEA Director General to Visit Iran. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano will travel to Tehran on Sunday, 20 May 2012, to discuss issues of mutual interest with high Iranian officials. Press Release

7, Monday. Communication from Iran. The IAEA circulated a communication from the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran (issued as INFCIRC/839) regarding the recent Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul. INFCIRC/839 | Nuclear Security Summit, 28 March 2012

MARCH 2012

30, Friday. Communication from Iran. The IAEA circulated a communication from the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran (issued as INFCIRC/837) regarding the report of the Director General on Implementation of Safeguards in Iran (GOV/2012/9). INFCIRC/837 | IAEA Board Report, 24 February 2012 [pdf]

5, Monday. Board of Governors Opens March Deliberations. The IAEA Board of Governors started its meeting at the Agency's headquarters to discuss the IAEA's work on nuclear verification, safety, security and the peaceful use of nuclear technologies. Director General Yukiya Amano opened the meeting with a statement. He also briefed the media following the opening of the Board meeting. In his statement at the Press Conference he addressed some of the most pressing issues to the nuclear community. Full Story | DG Statement | Video: DG Statement | Audio: DG Statement | DG Statement: Press Conference | Video: Press Conference | Photo Gallery: Board of Governors | Photo Gallery: Press Conference | IAEA Board Report, 24 February 2012 | Media Advisory, 24 February 2012

FEBRUARY 2012

24, Friday. Iran Safeguards Reports Circulated to IAEA Board. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano circulated his report on nuclear safeguards in Iran to the Agency's Board of Governors, the 35-member policymaking body. The Board next convenes in Vienna on 5 March 2012. IAEA Board Report, 24 February 2012 [pdf] | Media Advisory

22, Wednesday. Communications from Iran. The IAEA circulated two communications from the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the first (issued as INFCIRC/835) transmitting a letter dated 17 January 2012 to the Chairman of the Board of Governors, and the second (issued as INFCIRC/836) transmitting a letter dated 11 January 2012 to the Chairman of the Vienna Chapter of the Non-Aligned Movement. INFCIRC/835 | INFCIRC/836 [pdf]

22, Wednesday. IAEA Expert Team Returns from Iran. A senior IAEA expert team is returning from Iran after two days of discussions with Iranian officials held on 20 and 21 February. Press Release

21, Tuesday. IAEA Team Visits Iran. A five-member IAEA team departed for Iran on 19 February for talks aimed at resolving all outstanding issues in relation to Iran's nuclear programme. Full Story

1, Monday. IAEA-Iran Discussions in Tehran, 29-31 January 2012. Meetings between the IAEA and Iran were held in Tehran from 29 to 31 January 2012, aimed at resolving all outstanding substantive issues. Another meeting will take place in Tehran from 21 to 22 February 2012. Press Statement

JANUARY 2012

30, Monday. Senior IAEA Team Arrives in Iran. A senior IAEA team arrived in Tehran, Iran on 29 January 2012.

According to a statement issued by the IAEA on 23 January 2011, the overall objective of the mission is to resolve all outstanding substantive issues. The team of experts is led by the Deputy Director General for Safeguards, Herman Nackaerts, and includes the Assistant Director General for Policy, Rafael Grossi.

"The Agency team is going to Iran in a constructive spirit, and we trust that Iran will work with us in that same spirit," IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said. Press Release, 23 January 2012

23, Monday. Senior IAEA Team To Visit Iran from 29 to 31 January 2012. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano issued a statement that a senior IAEA team will visit Iran from 29 to 31 January 2012. The overall objective of the IAEA is to resolve all outstanding substantive issues. Press Release