No need for IAEA office in Tehran: Iran envoy

No need for IAEA office in Tehran

The Iranian envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says there is no need for the UN body to open an office in Iran capital, Tehran.

According to Press TV, Reza Najafi said on Saturday that Iran has so far received no request from the IAEA for opening an office in Tehran.

He added that “Considering the volume of nuclear activities we have in our country, there is no need for the Agency to set up an office in Iran.”

IAEA Chief Yukiya Amano said Friday that the UN nuclear body may ask Iran’s permission to set up a temporary office there for inspectors tasked with monitoring the implementation of the Geneva nuclear deal sealed between Tehran and the six world powers – Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany- in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24, 2013.

Amano added that the IAEA needs to double its staff and efforts in order to carry out its role in monitoring the last November deal which will require intensive checks over the next six months.

As part of the interim deal, Iran suspended 20-percent uranium enrichment as of Monday January 20. Iran also started to dilute and oxidize its 196-kg stockpile of 20-percent-enriched uranium.

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