Tuesday, January 15, 2013

IAEA Aims for Nuclear Framework Agreement with Iran

IAEA Deputy Director Herman Nackaerts said today he was aiming for an agreement with Iran this week on a deal enabling IAEA inspectors to investigate a site at Parchin military base near Tehran. It is suspected that research on nuclear weapons has been carried out at the site. 

The IAEA is also aiming to strike a broader deal with Iran on a "framework accord" defining the inspection regime. IAEA wants unimpeded access for its inspectors to check Iranian nuclear activities, known as the Additional Protocol. 
“We are aiming to finalize the structured approach to the possible military dimension (to Iran’s nuclear program)," Nackaerts told reporters, adding that he hoped to be allowed to visit the Parchin military site. (Reuters, 15 January)

Nackaerts made the remarks at Vienna airport before departing for Tehran, heading an IAEA delegation for talks with Iranian officials on Wednesday.
File photo:  IAEA HQ in Vienna (Reuters)

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