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IAEA Team Returns from Tehran Meetings on Iran´s Nuclear Programme

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: MEHR)

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An Agency delegation, headed by Mr. Olli Heinonen, Deputy Director General for Safeguards, visited Iran from 11 - 12 July 2007 to draw up a work plan for the modalities for resolving the outstanding issues related to Iran´s past nuclear programme and to clarify some present safeguards implementation issues.

During the visit to Iran, agreement was reached on: the designation of new Agency inspectors; a visit of Agency inspectors to the Heavy Water Research Reactor at Arak by the end of July 2007; and the finalisation of the safeguards approach at the Fuel Enrichment Plant at Natanz during early August 2007.

In addition, agreement was reached on the modalities to resolve remaining issues regarding Iran´s past plutonium experiments. A dedicated meeting will take place in Iran for this purpose in early August 2007.

It was agreed that Iran and the Agency will subsequently embark on clarifying the open issues associated with the scope and content of Iran´s enrichment programme, including uranium contamination found on equipment at a specific location, as well as studies related to specified projects.

The visit follows the June 2007 meeting between Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, IAEA Director General, and Dr. Ali Larijani, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran.

Another meeting of IAEA and Iranian officials will take place in Vienna in July 2007 to discuss and finalise the work plan on these issues.