Significant Meeting with Shamkhani
IAEA chief Yukiya Amano will visit Tehran on Thursday and will meet with President Hassan Rouhani and Admiral Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, the IAEA announced today. (Bloomberg, 1 July)
IAEA has sought to re-visit Parchin military complex outside Tehran, where its investigators allege to have credible evidence that nuclear weapons-related experiments took place. Resolving Iran’s past nuclear weapon work is an important element in the ongoing nuclear negotiations between Iran and the world power. Access to all declared and suspected nuclear sites was part of the framework agreement announced on 2 April in Lausanne. But last week, Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, declared military sites, like Parchin, off-limits to IAEA inspectors, creating a major obstacle to reach a nuclear accord during talks in Vienna.
Amano's meeting with Shamkhani is significant, as he is a key security official with military oversight. Reporters covering the Vienna talks said on Tuesday that the U.S. might have offered a new proposal on how to resolve Parchin’s inspection. Amano’s trip to Tehran could facilitate ways acceptable to the Iranians to conduct probes into the country’s past work on nuclear weapons.
Photo credit: IAEA chief Yukiya Amano (Carsten Koall/Getty Images/Bloomberg)