Tehran-IAEA joint statement; Iran good will and expectations from IAEA

Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reached an agreement after two days of intensive consultations in Tehran on the amicable settlement of issues raised by the IAEA.

Iran PressIran News: In its joint statement with IAEA, Iran voluntarily gave access to the agency so that it facilitates the verification activities of the international body to settle the issues. 

Rafael Grossi, IAEA Director-General arrived in Tehran on Monday and held two days of intensive consultations with Iranian officials on bilateral cooperation and the resolution of some disputes within the framework of the safeguards commitments.

Iran has always had good cooperation with the IAEA within the framework of its safeguard obligations, and this cooperation reached its peak after the signing of the IAEA Board.

Approximately 20% IAEA's inspections have been carried out within the framework of verification of 2015 Iran's nuclear deal. In other words, IAEA inspectors have made more than 33 additional accesses to Iran's nuclear facilities every year and there are on average 6 inspectors in Iran every day.

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Providing such a level of access to IAEA inspectors reflects Iran's constructive engagement with the IAEA, and the quarterly reports of agency's director-general over the past four years confirms Iran's constructive cooperation and Tehran's commitment to Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The International Atomic Energy Agency is the only responsible body that conducts its own verifications of Iran's nuclear activities, and in the meantime, IAEA's independence of action and avoidance of a political approach will lead to the success of the body in achieving its professional goals. 

IAEA as an expert and technical body should make requests based on the information it obtains, not the information it extracts on the basis of espionage.

The IAEA's independence, impartiality, and professionalism are of great significance to governments and public opinion, so the body's professional position should not be undermined by the information of a third-party.

Iran's new agreement with the IAEA to visit the two sites the body wants to inspect indicates Iran's constructive cooperation with the international agency, which considers an important role for the specialized and technical body.

This constructive and voluntary approach of Iran also raises the expectations from the International Atomic Energy Agency to carry out its specialized work solely independently and impartially and without external interference, so that its position is not questioned by the general public.

In such a circumstance, Grossi's visit to Tehran is an opportunity for him, as the Director-General of the IAEA, to facilitate the continuation of useful cooperation with Iran through conducting professional and realistic approach, free from claims and political pressures, so that through clarification of the facts it prevents the discredit on the international agency.

As Grossi emphasized during a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, external factors and voices should not be allowed to affect the cooperation between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran. 104/207

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