Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Nasser Kan’ani confirmed that an Iranian delegation traveled to Vienna recently and held talks with officials of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
He said the Islamic Republic would continue its “constructive” efforts with the aim of resolving the remaining issues, adding that the two sides “agreed to take the next steps.”
“Within this framework, it has been agreed that a delegation from the IAEA will travel to Iran,” he explained. “This trip will take place in the near future and talks between Iran and the agency will continue.”
Earlier this month, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian noted that there was “consensus” between Iran and the IAEA, as he announced the Iranian delegation’s trip.
Kanaani in his remarks on Monday said some of the IAEA’s issues are linked to the negotiations on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal.
He criticized as “hasty” and “unconstructive” the attempts made by the US, Britain, France and Germany to pass an anti-Iran resolution at the IAEA’s Board of Governors (BoG). Some sides, he said, are trying to derail Iran’s technical talks with the IAEA.
“Issuing a resolution at the BoG does not help resolve the technical and safeguard issues,” the spokesman said. “We are against such a process.”
Last month, the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) criticized the IAEA for issuing politically-motivated reports about Iran’s nuclear activities, saying such statements have on numerous occasions portrayed a tarnished and negative image of the country at the international level.
In September, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami strongly rejected all accusations, including those made by the UN nuclear watchdog, about the existence of undeclared nuclear activities or material in Iran.