The UN atomic agency resumes talks in Tehran on Saturday to tackle allegations of past Iranian weapons work and discuss more practical steps to increase the transparency of the country’s nuclear drive.
The one-day encounter between Iran and the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency will build on a framework deal agreed in November that required Tehran to take six practical steps by next Tuesday.
With completion of those measures — including a visit to the heavy water plant at the unfinished Arak reactor — negotiations on “more difficult things” are expected to begin, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano has said.
Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi has said that, based on the IAEA’s assessment of progress, the scope of future cooperation will be decided.
He expressed hope that “the agency’s doubts have been removed.”
Led by chief inspector Tero Varjoranta, the IAEA team is to meet Iranian nuclear officials, led by Iran’s IAEA envoy, Reza Najafi.
Kamalvandi said the talks could be extended if there is major progress.