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09/15/15

Iran: IAEA Chief to Visit Tehran This Week

Source: VOA


FILE - International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano (L) with Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Saleh

Iran's nuclear chief said late Monday that the head of the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog will visit Tehran later this week.

Ali Akbar Salehi made the comments to Iranian television after meeting in Vienna with International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano.

The IAEA will be the body in charge of overseeing the agreement Iran reached in July with a group of six world powers to limit its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. At the same time, Iran and the IAEA came to a separate agreement on a roadmap toward resolving longstanding questions about possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear activity.

Iran has long denied it sought to build nuclear weapons, insisting its program was for peaceful purposes such as medical research and power generation.

The IAEA said talks with Iran on implementing their agreement were ongoing, but that a visit by Amano was under consideration.

The agency is due to deliver a final report on its probe by December 15. Only then will the deal with the so-called P5+1 go forward, including the lifting of sanctions that have badly hurt Iran's economy.

Salehi said a 12-member team of inspectors was due in Tehran on Tuesday and that he hopes the two sides will resolve their remaining issues by then so that the larger nuclear deal can be implemented.

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