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Amano hails Iran's resolve for cooperation with IAEA

Source: Press TV

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano has hailed Iran's resolve to settle issues pertaining to its nuclear energy program through cooperation with the nuclear agency.

IAEA Director Yukiya Amano meets Iranian President Hassan Rohani

"I was very glad to hear from the highest levels a firm commitment to the implementation of the Framework for Cooperation, and to resolve all present and past issues through dialogue and cooperation with the IAEA,” an IAEA statement quoted Amano as speaking during a meeting with the media in Iran on Sunday.

The UN nuclear agency chief made a day-long visit to Tehran on Sunday and held talks with senior Iranian officials including President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Vice President and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi.

Amano described the trip to Iran as “short but a useful visit” which was his first since the signature of the “Joint Statement on a Framework for Cooperation” last November.

Iran and the IAEA signed the joint statement on November 11, 2013 to outline a roadmap on mutual cooperation on certain outstanding nuclear issues.

Yukiya Amano with Ali Akbar Salehi, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran

The IAEA chief further said that during his talks with Iranian officials, the two sides discussed ways to move ahead with the existing practical measures including the five measures from 20 May.

"We have proposed discussions on a number of new practical measures, to be taken up as the next step under the Framework for Cooperation. I hope these can take place in the near future,” Amano added.

On May 20, Iran and the IAEA held a technical meeting within the Framework for Cooperation agreed between the two sides in November 2013.

During the meeting, the two sides reviewed the progress that had been made on the seven practical measures that had been agreed on February 9, including Iran providing information on exploding bridge wire (EBW) detonators.

"Iran has provided information and explanations to the Agency on Iran's decision, in early 2000, to develop safer detonators. Iran has also provided information and explanations to the Agency on its work post-2007 related to the application of EBW's in the oil and gas industry which is not inconsistent with specialized industry practices,” the IAEA’s statement said.

It added that the agency would review all past outstanding issues, including EBWs, and assess them in an integrated system as a whole.

Amano emphasized that the IAEA would remain committed to working with Iran through the implementation of the “Framework for Cooperation.”

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