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Over 130 inspectors of IAEA are authorized to conduct inspection of nuclear installations of Iran: Eslami

TEHRAN: The Chief of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has stated that over 130 inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are currently authorized to conduct inspections within the country.

Mohammad Eslami, speaking at a cabinet meeting, emphasized that Iran has not imposed any restrictions on the entry of IAEA inspectors and continues to cooperate with the Agency on safeguard issues.

He highlighted the upcoming visit of IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi to Iran as evidence of ongoing dialogue and cooperation between Iran and the IAEA.

Eslami underscored Iran’s commitment to transparency and adherence to established inspection protocols.

On April 17, Eslami noted the presence of IAEA-approved inspectors, some stationed within Iran while others conduct mobile inspections.

He addressed assertions made by Rafael Grossi regarding the ambiguity of Iran’s nuclear program.

Eslami differentiated between reports submitted to the Board of Governors or the UN Security Council, highlighting their dual focus on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and safeguards under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

Regarding Iran’s cooperation with the IAEA, Eslami emphasized the installation of surveillance cameras and continuous monitoring of nuclear activities, ensuring up-to-date information sharing. He clarified that visits by IAEA inspectors are conducted in accordance with agreed-upon programs and subjects.

Reflecting on past agreements between Grossi and the AEOI, Eslami reiterated Iran’s commitment to NPT obligations and safeguards.

He emphasized that Iran rejects any nuclear activities hindering cooperation with the IAEA.

Touching upon the JCPOA, Eslami affirmed Iran’s compliance with the Strategic Action Plan for lifting sanctions, stressing that nuclear activities remain within its framework.

Eslami outlined Iran’s readiness to uphold its obligations in accordance with the Strategic Action Plan if others fulfill theirs.

Addressing concerns about Iran’s enrichment activities, Eslami reiterated that high enrichment does not equate to the pursuit of nuclear weapons.

In conclusion, Eslami highlighted Grossi’s acknowledgment of the positive interactions between Iran and the IAEA, expressing hope for future visits by Grossi to further strengthen cooperation and update existing arrangements between both parties.

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