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Friday 22 November 2019

IAEA Officials to Visit Tehran Next Week

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TEHRAN Press TV) — In his latest report Acting Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Cornel Feruta says the IAEA has detected natural uranium particles at a location in Iran not declared to the agency.

IAEA Acting Director General Cornel Feruta said Iran should cooperate fully with the Agency in order to resolve outstanding issues in his statement to the Agency’s Board of Governors yesterday. He also emphasized the IAEA’s contributions to sustainable development and spoke about its achievements in the last quarter.

“As I reported to the Board on November 7th, the Agency has detected natural uranium particles of anthropogenic origin at a location in Iran not declared to the Agency”, Mr Feruta said. “We have continued our interactions with Iran since then, but have not received any additional information and the matter remains unresolved.”

A meeting between the Agency and Iran is scheduled next week in Tehran to discuss the matter, he said.

“It is essential that Iran works with the Agency to resolve this matter promptly. I call upon Iran to provide full and timely cooperation with the Agency in implementing its Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol”, Mr Feruta added.

The additional protocol to a country’s Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA grants the Agency expanded rights of access, allowing it to obtain a much fuller picture of the country’s nuclear programmes, plans, materials and trade. This significantly increases the IAEA’s ability to verify the peaceful use of all nuclear material in the country. Additional protocols are in place with 136 countries, including Iran.

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