IAEA, Iran will soon sign N-accord, says UN official

IAEA, Iran will soon sign N-accord, says UN official

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will soon sign an accord with Iran aimed at resolving disputes over its nuclear drive, the UN watchdog’s chief Yukiya Amano said on Tuesday.

He made the announcement on his return to Vienna from a visit to Iran, and on the eve of talks between Tehran and world powers in Baghdad on the long-running crisis over the Islamic republic’s atomic activities. “A decision was made by me and Mr Jalili to reach an agreement on the structured approach,” he said, referring to Iran’s lead negotiator Saeed Jalili.

“At this stage, I can say it will be signed quite soon but I cannot say how soon it will be,” he added, describing the agreement as an “important development”.

Jalili said that the “existing differences will not be an obstacle to the agreement,” Amano said, without elaborating. He continued that the “important thing is I talked with policy makers, decision makers... directly and we understood each others’ positions better. I think that is the reason why we could make this agreement.”

Amano noted that he had discussed with Iranian authorities access to the Parchin military site, where the IAEA believes activity relevant to nuclear weapons development took place. “This issue will be addressed as a part of the implementation of the structured approach document,” he said.

The talks, set for Wednesday, are to be held between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany. The first round of talks was held in mid-April in Istanbul.

Meanwhile, the US Senate unanimously approved on Monday a package of new economic sanctions on Iran’s oil sector ahead of Baghdad meet.

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