The Jerusalem Post

IAEA deputy head to visit Iran for ‘routine’ matters


DUBAI (Reuters) – The deputy head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog, Internatio­nal Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), will visit Iran for “routine” matters and no talks are planned, Iran’s envoy said on Saturday according to state media, as the agency awaits a reply from Tehran regarding an expired monitoring deal.

In late June, the Internatio­nal Atomic

Energy Agency demanded an immediate response from Iran on whether it would extend a monitoring agreement that had expired. Iran said this week it has yet to decide whether to extend the deal.

“(Massimo) Aparo... will visit Iran this coming week. His visit is in line with routine safeguards activities and within the framework of a comprehens­ive safeguards accord,” Kazem Gharibabad­i said, according to the state news agency IRNA.

“Although we are in constant contact with the agency, no talks are planned for him in Tehran,” Gharibabad­i said.

The planned visit by Aparo, the IAEA’s inspection­s chief, comes days after diplomats said that Iran has been restrictin­g UN nuclear inspectors’ access to its main uranium enrichment plant at Natanz, citing security concerns after what it says was an attack on the site by Israel in April.

This follows various moves by Iran that breach its 2015 nuclear deal with major world powers after the United States abandoned the agreement and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

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