Iran’s Salehi, IAEA’s Amano meet, discuss JCPOA implementation
The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and the chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have discussed the implementation of Iran’s nuclear agreement with world powers.
On Thursday, Ali Akbar Salehi and Yukiya Amano met at the IAEA headquarters in the Austrian capital of Vienna, where they discussed the implementation of Iran’s nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
During the meeting, Amano welcomed regular dialog between Iran and the IAEA to “ensure good monitoring and verification of nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA.”
He also welcomed further Iran-IAEA “discussions on issues of common interest.”
Salehi, for his part, said parties to the JCPOA need to comply with the exact text of the JCPOA.
“Things have been going on … very well and we will have to really stick to what is exactly written in the JCPOA and not leave it to any interpretation,” Salehi said.
“The [JCPOA] language is so clear and so lucid and vivid that it doesn’t need any different interpretations on the same subject,” he added.
Following the meeting, Salehi also told Press TV that they reviewed fulfillment of obligations by both Iran and the IAEA as stipulated in the nuclear agreement.
“The meeting that we had with Mr Amano was to review what we have done in the past three months … things that we were supposed to implement and what the IAEA had to do in terms of its responsibility as a verifying body by sending their inspectors, by having continuous surveillance of our nuclear sites,” Salehi said.
“We reviewed all the matters just to make sure that we are on the same path and that we don’t have divergent views,” he added.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia – plus Germany signed the JCPOA on July 14, 2015 following two and a half years of intensive talks.
The two sides started implementing the JCPOA on January 16.
Under the JCPOA, all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran by the European Union, the Security Council and the US would be lifted. Iran has, in return, put some limitations on its nuclear activities.