IAEA inspectors to meet with Iran nuclear officials today

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Inspectors with the UN nuclear watchdog agency IAEA are scheduled to meet Monday with their counterparts from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said in his official statement. Iran’s IRNA news agency cited Kamalvandi as saying Monday that IAEA monitors had arrived in Tehran overnight and were to leave for Vienna on Tuesday.

They are expected to inspect the Saghand uranium mine and the Ardakan uranium ore concentrate processing plant in the Yazd province during their two-day visit.

The spokesman of the AEOI, which is a state-run nuclear monitoring agency, also said that Iran had fulfilled the majority of its obligations under the seven-step plan deal with the IAEA.

Most of the seven-step procedural agreement between Iran and the IAEA has been implemented within the framework of the joint plan of action, IRNA quoted Kamalvandi as saying Sunday.

He noted that Tehran was also preparing to welcome IAEA’s delegation chief Massimo Aparo who is expected to report the implementation of the first step of the Geneva Joint Plan of Action, agreed by IAEA and Iran on 24 November 2013.

The visit will come as part of an interim deal between IAEA and Iran aimed at making its nuclear program more transparent to appease the West’s fears of Tehran seeking to procure WMD.

The deadline is set for May 15, RIA reports. UN nuclear watchdogs earlier inspected a string of Iran’s nuclear sites, including a heavy water reactor in the city of Arak.

The IAEA controls the implementation of a broader range of deals reached by Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers, which comprises the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.

A report released in April said Tehran had already neutralized half of its highly-enriched uranium stockpile.

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