0328 GMT November 29, 2021
Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Tuesday called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to avoid political stances in its assessment of Iran’s nuclear program.
“The agency should continue its cooperation with Iran within the framework of its technical duties and avoid adopting political stances,” Amir-Abdollahian told IAEA chief Rafael Grossi in Tehran.
Amir-Abdollahian urged the UN nuclear watchdog to “disregard external political pressure” and observe impartiality in its reports.
He said Iran has a “serious will” for “constrictive cooperation” with the IAEA under the Safeguards Agreement.
Grossi said he is ready to “resolve the remaining technical issues” between the IAEA and Iran as soon as possible with “goodwill” and through “close cooperation”.
The IAEA chief arrived in Tehran on Monday evening and was received by the AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi.
His visit comes ahead of the scheduled resumption of negotiations on November 29 between Iran and world powers aimed at saving the 2015 nuclear deal that gave Tehran sanctions relief in return for curbs on its nuclear program.
On November 12, Grossi had described as "astonishing" his lack of contact with Iran, according to AFP. Days later, Tehran responded by announcing it had invited the watchdog chief to visit.
Earlier in the day, Grossi held talks with head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Mohammad Eslami.
He said at a joint press conference that the IAEA seeks a “common ground” and wants to deepen cooperation with Iran.
"We are continuing at this point the negotiations with a view to find a common ground," Grossi said.
"The agency is seeking to continue and deepen the dialogue with the government of Iran... We agreed to continue our joint work on transparency and this will continue," he told the televised news conference.
He noted that his work in Tehran has been “intense.”
“There are a number of issues that we are working on. We will multiply our efforts with the view of concluding our exchanges today on a positive note. We are working very hard,” the UN nuclear chief pointed out.
Eslami said Iran is determined to pursue its civilian nuclear activities, stressing that Tehran’s nuclear activities are in full compliance with international regulations and treaties.
He stressed that the AEOI is set to resolve technical issues with the IAEA concerning their cooperation, away from the politicization of the matter, Press TV wrote.
Eslami highlighted that the UN nuclear watchdog has testified that there is no diversion in Iran’s nuclear work and that it will not consider plots hatched by Iran’s adversaries to politicize cooperation between the two sides.
“What is of paramount importance is that Iran is strong-minded to pursue its nuclear program. Utilization of all aspects of nuclear technology is high on our agenda and the IAEA will provide assistance in this regard,” the senior Iranian official said.
Eslami underscored that Iran intends to generate at least 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, especially by means of small power plants with a maximum production capacity of 300 megawatts.
He said the IAEA will encourage and support countries that possess relevant technology and industries to help Iran boost its nuclear power generation.