Rouhani Tells IAEA’s Amano Iran Open to Clear Nuclear AmbiguityLadane Nasseri
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his country is open to work with the United Nations atomic agency to clear ambiguities related to its nuclear program.
Rouhani today met IAEA’s Director General Yukiya Amano for the first time in Tehran, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported. Amano, who arrived in the capital late yesterday, held talks with top Iranian officials in a push to advance efforts to clear Western suspicions about Iran’s nuclear work.
The IAEA has been given wider access to Iranian facilities under an interim agreement struck in November with six world powers, which limits Iran’s nuclear activity in exchange for an easing of sanctions. The deal was extended to Nov. 24 after diplomats from Iran and the P5+1 group of countries comprised of China, France, Russia, the U.K. and U.S. plus Germany, failed to reach a final agreement last month.
“We have no issue cooperating to clear ambiguities,” Rouhani was quoted as saying in the meeting with Amano earlier today, Fars news agency reported. “If there is serious determination to solve the matter and reach an agreement, it’s possible to get to results with the agency in less than a year and Iran is determined achieve results in the shortest time possible.”
IAEA inspectors are trying to clear-up suspicions over the possible military dimensions of past Iranian nuclear experiments. Iran denies it has sought nuclear weapons and says the evidence being considered by the IAEA is fake. Amano had last visited Tehran in November when the UN’s atomic watchdog and Iran signed an agreement allowing the implementation of practical measures aiding inspections.
Speaking last week, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said it was unlikely that a comprehensive nuclear accord would be completed by the set deadline. Failure to reach a permanent deal would once again put the U.S. and other countries on a collision course with Iran over the Islamic republic’s potential to build nuclear weapons.