International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Yukiya Amano prior to his flight to Tehran, Iran, May 20, 2012, in Schwechat, Austria
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief says Iran and the UN nuclear agency have made a decision to reach an agreement aimed at resolving issues related to the country’s nuclear energy program.
"A decision was made by me and [Iran's top nuclear negotiator] Mr. [Saeed] Jalili to reach an agreement on the structured approach," Yukiya Amano said in Vienna on Tuesday after returning from his visit to Iran.
"At this stage, I can say it will be signed quite soon, but I cannot say how soon it will be," he added, describing the agreement as an "important development," AFP reported.
The UN nuclear agency chief, accompanied by the IAEA Deputy Director General for Safeguards Herman Nackaerts and the agency’s Assistant Director General for Policy Rafael Mariano Grossi, arrived in Tehran on Monday for talks with senior Iranian officials.
"We had very good talks with [Yukiya] Amano today and, God willing, we will have good cooperation in the future," Jalili said after his meeting with Amano in Tehran on Monday.
Amano’s remarks come as Iran and the P5+1 (Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States plus Germany) are preparing to resume the second round of talks in Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on May 23.
The last round of the negotiations was held in the Turkish city of Istanbul on April 14.
Both sides hailed the discussions as constructive.