Tehran (IP) -  The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) stressed that Iran is determined to implement its nuclear program.

Iran PressIran news: The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami noted that Rafael Grossi, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, repeatedly stressed during the meeting with Rafael Grossi, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, that the UN watchdog had not seen any deviations in Iran’s nuclear program and that Iran was carrying out its nuclear activities in accordance with the treaties and regulations.

Mohammad Eslami, in a joint press conference with Grossi, referring to his talks with Grossi, said: “The important point for us and the IAEA is that all issues between Iran and the IAEA are technical issues, and the IAEA is unaffected by the political issues and conspiracies of Iran’s enemies against its nuclear program.”

Iran’s Vice President and Chairman of the Atomic Energy Organization noted: “The important thing that Grossi stated several times today in his talks and meeting is that he did not see any deviation in Iran’s nuclear program and that it is in accordance with the treaties and rules of nuclear activities.”

The top official stated that they had raised questions about the cases published as evidence in possession of the agency by Iran’s enemies. 
The head of the AEOI noted: “We agreed today to end these cases and not to continue them with the procedure that we will adopt, the negotiations of which are still ongoing.”

“The important thing is that Iran is determined to implement its nuclear program, given the impact of Iran’s nuclear program on people’s lives, to be able to use all aspects of nuclear technology in various sectors is on our agenda,” Eslami said, stressing that the agency will help us with this.

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The Iranian parliament has limited the IAEA’s access to Iran’s nuclear sites in retaliation to the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018 and imposition of the toughest sanctions in history on the Islamic Republic.

Under the JCPOA, Iran agreed to scale down its nuclear activities in exchange for the termination of economic and financial sanctions on Iran. The IAEA was tasked to monitor Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA.

Iran remained fully committed to the JCPOA one year after the US quit the deal. However, in May 2019, Iran announced that its strategic patience was over and gradually removed the ban on its nuclear activities. At the time, Iran announced if the European parties to the nuclear agreement fulfill their obligation under the agreement, it will reverse its decision. However, the Europeans failed to honor their commitments.

Despite limiting the IAEA’s access to nuclear sites, Iran is continuing its cooperation with the UN watchdog body within the framework of the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement.

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization said: “There is also a need for us to build at least 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, especially in small power plants with a maximum capacity of 300 megawatts, in Iran, and the agency will encourage and support countries with technology and industry using industrial capacity of Iran. It can help our country to develop and expand its nuclear power capacity.”

IAEA director-general Rafael Grossi for his part said on the presser that he would seek to deepen dialogue with Iran to clarify a number of issues and find common ground.

“Couple of months ago, when I was here, we agreed with Eslami that we would be returning to continue in our joint work in clarifying a number of issues…, and also to continue and deepen our dialogue with the government of Iran,” he said.

Grossi, who arrived in Tehran on Monday night, also said he would have intensive talks and hoped to end the day on a positive note.

Grossi plans to meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian on Tuesday.

The high-ranking international official elsewhere noted: “We are continuing our negotiations with a view to finding common ground.”

“There are a number of issues that we are working and as Eslami just said, it is very important that we put this in the perspective of the peaceful nuclear program of Iran at a time where climate change demands we work together, that we add clean nuclear energy to the matrices around the world, as was discussed just a few days ago in Glasgow. So we will now multiply our efforts with a view to concluding our exchanges today in a positive note,” Grossi added.

The visit to Tehran by the IAEA director comes a few days before Iran and the remaining parties to the 2015 nuclear deal meet in Vienna to explore ways to end the illegal sanctions on Iran.


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