Iran and IAEA Conclude Technical Talks

October 11, 2007

Iranian and the International Atomic Energy Agency officials on Thursday ended their almost thirteen-hour talks on P1 and P2 centrifuges, thus wrapping up their third and final day of negotiations.

Deputy Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Javad Vaeedi and Deputy IAEA chief for safeguards Olli Heinonen were leading the Iranian and IAEA delegations to the talks.

Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran for International and Planning Affairs Mohammad Saeedi and Iran's Ambassador to the IAEA Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh were also present in the meeting.

Tehran is prepared to respond to the IAEA questions and answers will be finalized in a session in Tehran in mid October and any new point, if any, related to the subject will be raised then.

Sources say the IAEA will study the answers in late October, summing up Iran's answers to questions on P1 and P2 centrifuges before presenting its final assessment.

Iran and IAEA had held similar talks in Tehran from September 24-25 on centrifuges.

With implementation of Tehran-IAEA agreement, the cases of plutonium and pollution in Karaj have been closed.

Based on an agreement signed by Tehran and the IAEA, six issues, including plutonium, centrifuges P1 and P2, source of contamination, metal uranium document, polonium-210, and Chegin mine, are on agenda of the discussion. Out of the cases, the files of plutonium and pollution in Karaj have thus far been closed.

Each of the subjects will be investigated one after another once the case pertinent to the former issue is closed.

The IAEA assessment will be made available in November in IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei's report.

Tehran expects the IAEA not to be influenced by certain countries' political pressures and to act independently in case-by-case examination.

Iran had in the Madrid talks raised the idea of settling the remaining nuclear problems despite three resolutions issued by the UN Security Council, because based on international regulations, IAEA is the only competent authority to deal with ambiguities and questions on countries' nuclear activities.

Following Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani's political, technical and judicial talks with the EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and ElBaradei, the two parties envisaged resolving the outstanding issues in less than 60 days.

Surprisingly, the breakthrough Iran and the IAEA have made in deciding to settle their dispute has provoked wrath of the US and its allies.

ElBaradei and Solana are to provide the IAEA and the UN Security Council with reports in November.