Deputies of IAEA director general due in Tehran

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The flag of the International Atomic Energy Agency flies in front of its headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

Deputies of Yukiya Amano, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), are due in the Iranian capital, Tehran, to discuss ways of sorting out issues pertaining to Iran’s nuclear program.

Amano’s deputies are scheduled to arrive Sunday night to settle issues related to the so-called possible military dimensions (PMD) of Iran’s nuclear program and “alleged studies,” IRNA reported.

A source close to the Iranian nuclear negotiating team told reporters on Sunday that although the IAEA has so far failed to present reliable documents to prove its claims on Iran's nuclear work, Tehran is ready to help the agency settle the PMD issue within the framework of its considerations.

"To us, it is not a difficult issue because it has no ambiguity and we have no concern in this regard," the source said, adding, however, that such baseless claims should not remain unresolved.

The IAEA officials' trip comes a few days after Amano paid a visit to Iran and held talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani.

In a statement issued on Friday after the visit, Amano said Iran and the IAEA have a "better understanding" in some areas but added that more work is required for the resolution of outstanding issues including the PMD.

The IAEA director general also told reporters on Saturday that investigation into the PMD could be completed by the end of the year.

None of the reports released by the IAEA have said that Iran's nuclear program is geared toward non-civilian purposes. Nevertheless, the United States and some of its allies falsely accuse Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in the nuclear program.

Iran, one of the first states to join the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), signed the Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA in 1973. The accord came into force in 1974.


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