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IAEA - Iran: Arak Visit Announced

Javad Vaeedi and  Olli Heinonen

Under-Secretary of Iran´s Supreme National Security Council, Javad Vaeedi with Olli Heinonen, IAEA Deputy Director General for Safeguards. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)

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IAEA inspectors will visit Iran´s Arak reactor early next week and more talks are planned for August. The visit was announced yesterday in Vienna after a meeting between senior IAEA officials and a delegation from Iran as part of a process to resolve outstanding issues related to Iran´s past nuclear programme and to clarify some present safeguards implementation issues.

Speaking to the press after the meeting, Olli Heinonen, Deputy Director General for Safeguards, said "early next week, IAEA inspectors will visit the Arak reactor as we agreed the last time. Then a week later, our team will go to Iran to talk about other outstanding issues such as plutonium contamination. In the weeks to come, we will then talk about other outstanding issues that are related to Iran´s enrichment programme," he said.

Javad Vaeedi, Head of the Iranian delegation and Under-Secretary of Iran´s Supreme National Security Council, described the meeting as one during which "good discussions were held and constructive progress was made." He also announced that the next meeting between the two parties will be held in Tehran on 20 August.