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Iran, IAEA to discuss new measures on Iran nuclear programme

Negotiators are expected to sum up preliminary results of fulfilling the already negotiated scope of practical measures signed on November 11, 2013

VIENNA, February 08, 4:53 /ITAR-TASS/. Experts of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headed by IAEA Deputy Director General for Security Tero Varjoranta will have a next round of technical consultations on disputable issues of Iranian nuclear programme in Iran’s capital, Tehran, on Saturday. Talks are expected to be very content-intensive, as several major issues are on agenda, because the IAEA works with Tehran in bilateral format and performs a role of expert in talks between Iran and six world powers (five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany).

Negotiators are expected to sum up preliminary results of fulfilling the already negotiated scope of practical measures signed on November 11, 2013. Then Iran committed to answer six questions put by international experts within three months. These issues included inspections at a uranium field in Gachin and a heavy-water production plant in Arak. International specialists have examined both facilities, have received all required information and have resolved all tasks set for them. Iran was also to provide information about all 16 construction sites for planned nuclear construction and about all research reactors, give explanations about additional uranium enrichment plants and development of laser uranium enrichment technology.

International experts and Iranian officials will continue forming a second package of measures, which will be also designed for three months and will consist of 5-6 clauses. Parties to the nuclear talks began working on it back in December 2013. The IAEA does not disclose which issues will be included in it and observers cannot name these issues, as several tens of questions had accrued.

A particularly sensitive group of issues related to possible military component of Iranian nuclear research is singled out. These issues include a military base in Parchin, at which unauthorised research could have been conducted, according to international experts.

Diplomats close to the agency and Iranian officials noted that an atmosphere of trust should be created at first to discuss such issues. The time for this did not come yet, the IAEA leadership believes.

The negotiators will also discuss details of joint plan between Iran and six world powers. The IAEA participates in the plan as a guarantor of Iran’s fulfilment of commitments restricting the country’s activity in nuclear sphere. The measures outlined in this document contain so many concrete controlling measures that the IAEA had to double the number of experts and financial resources needed for this work. Meanwhile, the IAEA also should open a temporary logistic base in Iran to provide for the work of experts. According to IAEA estimates, an additional six million euro will be needed for six months the joint plan is designed.