News ID: 261916
Published: 0311 GMT November 22, 2019

IAEA top official to meet Iran officials next week

IAEA top official to meet Iran officials next week

The acting director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Cornel Feruta, said there would be a meeting between the agency’s representatives and Iranian officials in Tehran next week.

The meeting, he added, would discuss what he called the agency’s “detecting natural uranium particles of anthropogenic origin at a location in Iran not declared to the agency,” Press TV reported.

“We have continued our interactions with Iran since then, but have not received any additional information and the matter remains unresolved,” Feruta said after taking part in a meeting of the Board of Governors of the IAEA in the Austrian capital, Vienna.

He did not specify the origin of the allegation, but since last April, the US and Israel have been busy making a fuss about unsubstantiated Tel Aviv-sourced allegations about undeclared nuclear activity by Tehran.

Following the meeting, Feruta told reporters that the agency will continue verifying the implementation of the Safeguards Agreement and the Additional Protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in Iran.

He added that cooperation and interactions with Iran on the basis of the Safeguards Agreement have been positive so far "and this issue has been reflected in reports that I have presented to the Board of Governors."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has turned numerous public appearances into dramatic speeches targeting Iran, went live on television that month, putting on display what he claimed to be records from a secret warehouse in Tehran. He alleged that Israeli agents had managed to break into the warehouse in an overnight raid and bring back, what he said was, evidence implicating Tehran.

Netanyahu's vaudeville was meant to persuade the world that Iran had been lying about its nuclear program. The Israeli premier, however, did not provide even a single piece of evidence to substantiate his claim.

Tehran has rejected allegations leveled against it of undeclared nuclear activity. It has, by the same token, sternly spurned Netanyahu’s claims.

Days after Netanyahu’s allegations, the US announced its withdrawal from the nuclear deal. Washington has also accused Tehran of lack of full cooperation with the IAEA and possible undeclared nuclear activities.

Israel is the sole possessor of nuclear weapons in the region as verified by former US president Jimmy Carter and various high-profile media reports.

Feruta, meanwhile, pointed to the country’s allowing the volume of its heavy water reservoir to exceed the 130-ton limit, which has been set by Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement with major world countries.

The Islamic Republic passed the cap and exceeded another limit set by the accord on the purity of its enriched uranium output as part of a set of countermeasures, which Tehran launched in May.

The retaliatory steps are meant as responses to the US’s illegal and unilateral departure from the multi-party deal and its reimposition of sanctions. They are also a reprisal for the European deal partners’ bowing under Washington’s pressure and refusing to uphold Tehran’s business interests as they are contractually obliged.



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