TEHRAN, January 20. /ITAR-TASS/. Inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) who have arrived in Iran are currently at Iranian nuclear facilities. Iranian Vice President, head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) Ali-Akbar Salehi told the IRNA news agency that the Agency would monitor the measures to suspend the 20-percent uranium enrichment that are being taken by Tehran within the framework of the Joint Plan of Action, signed in Geneva last year with the six world powers (five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, P5+1).
Ali-Akbar Salehi and the IAEA Director-General, Yukiya Amano, signed a statement in Tehran on November 11, according to which Iran allowed the IAEA experts to inspect Arak heavy water facility and Gachin mine.
The IAEA inspectors came to control the shutdown on Monday afternoon of two cascades of centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear facility and four cascades at Fordo. The Agency experts will also visit the Isfahan nuclear facility and Arak reactor, which they will check for heavy water reserves.
Consultations on the further action within the implementation of the Geneva agreements are held during the current visit of the IAEA officials to Iran.
Previous reports said that am interim agreement between Tehran and P5+1 on the settlement of the Iranian nuclear dossier was coming into force on Monday. The agreement has a term of six months and provides for Iran’s steps that would remove the top priority concerns of the international community and strengthen international control over Iran’s nuclear activity. In particular, Tehran undertook within the prescribed period to stop enriching uranium above 5 percent and after half a year destroy all stocks of nuclear materials enriched up to 20 percent, cease installing any enrichment centrifuges, stop building new uranium enrichment centres and discontinue the development of the programme for the production of plutonium.