SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Iran’s permanent envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Reza Najafi said on Friday that Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog discussed the ways of finalizing the two steps out of the five steps in the agreement between Tehran and G5+1.
Talking to IRNA, Najafi also underscored that it is the Islamic Republic’s sovereign right to issue visas or deny entry to the agency’s employees.
A delegation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived in Tehran on Tuesday while the visa request of one of its members was rejected.
Iranian officials and the visitng IAEA delegation headed by deputy director for security Tero Varjoranta also discussed issues of mutual interests.
Najafi elaborated on the latest round of two-day negotiations between the IAEA and Iran, saying, the talks were fruitful and serious.
He announced that the two sides will have another meeting in the near future, most likely in November.
“In the past few months, Iran has also granted visas to three new members of the IAEA’s team of experts,” Najafi said refering to Tehran’s cooperation with the visiting teams.
“As per the IAEA regulations, Iran is under no obligation to grant visas to the agency’s employees,” the Iranian official stressed.
“Iran also reserves the right to deny visas to even the IAEA appointed inspectors, and the Islamic Republic has exercised this right in the past,” he added.