IAEA Inspectors to Visit Iran's Nuclear Sites

Delegation of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to visit two of Iran’s nuclear sites, reports state-owned media.

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A delegation of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is scheduled to visit two of Iran’s nuclear sites, the state-run Press TV reported on Sunday.

“As the International Atomic Energy Agency has questions and was keen to visit Saghand [uranium] mine and Ardakan [concentration] plant, grounds have been prepared for this inspection and we predict that the visit will bear very good outcomes,” a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi was quoted as having said.

He added that the delegation will arrive in Tehran Sunday night and will be headed by senior IAEA expert Massimo Aparo.

The inspectors will deliver a report to the IAEA about the implementation of the first step of the Geneva interim deal reached between Tehran and the six major powers, according to Press TV.

“The report about these measures will be  given during Aparo’s inspection to Saghand mine and Ardakan concentration plant in Yazd on Monday and Tuesday,” the AEOI official said.

Iran and the West reached an interim agreement several months ago, under which Iran committed to limit its uranium enrichment to five percent, halting production of 20 percent-enriched uranium.

In return, Iran is gradually winning access to $4.2 billion of its oil revenues frozen abroad and some other sanctions relief. The funds will be paid out in eight transfers on a schedule that started with a $550 million payment by Japan on February 1.

Iran and the six powers - the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - want to turn the November deal into a lasting accord by July.

As part of the first phase of the deal, UN experts visited the heavy water plant at the unfinished Arak reactor on December 8, when all of the IAEA's "technical objectives" were met, said the Vienna-based agency.

According to an IAEA report from March, Iran was sticking to a partial nuclear freeze as agreed upon in the interim deal.