Amano didn’t ask for inspection of Iranian military sites: Salehi
EghtesadOnline: The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano didn’t ask for inspection of Iranian military sites, the head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said.
After meeting with Amano in Tehran on Sunday morning, Salehi told reporters, “Mr. Amano came to Iran at his own request and is of special importance due to the remarks and measures by the US president in regard to the nuclear deal. Mr. Amano would like to have an effective part on the current issues, hence his today’s visit”.
According to ISNA, Salehi said that he has held good negotiations with the IAEA head, underling that Amano's trip at this sensitive juncture has a specific message and IAEA's role is fully certain in this regard.
“The IAEA is under great pressure due to the recent remarks made by the US president,” he added. “We called on the IAEA to continue their monitoring in accordance with the Agency’s statute and in an impartial and independent manner”.
According to Salehi, Amano will discuss serious issues with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani during his scheduled meeting.
The Iranian official further expressed satisfaction about Amano’s reports, where he has reaffirmed that the Islamic Republic's commitment to the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action aka nuclear deal).
“We can resume production of 20 percent enriched uranium in 4 days, but we don't want the nuclear deal to fall apart,” Salehi added.
For his part, Amano expressed satisfaction with visiting Iran again, saying he would also hold talks with President Hassan Rouhani and foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
“I enjoyed having a meeting with Mr. Salehi this morning following our meeting in Rome in October also our meeting in Vienna in September,” he said.
He went on to say, “since January 2016, the IAEA has been monitoring and verifying the nuclear-related commitments made by Iran under the JCPOA. The IAEA believes that the JCPOA is a significant gain for verification. The IAEA can state that the nuclear-related commitments made by Iran under the JCPOA are being implemented.”
“In today’s meeting with Mr. Salehi, I stressed the importance of the full implementation of commitments by all sides,” Amano added.