Iran approved the visit to its territory of a mission from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), while Tehran has hinted to find a diplomatic crisis over its controversial nuclear program.
The IAEA delegation will be headed by the chief inspector of the agency and director of controls, Herman Nackaerts, and plans to visit Iran in around 28 January, although no firm timetable has been closed.
The representation of the IAEA’s main objectives will clarify suspicions about the military nature of Iran’s nuclear program that Tehran insists is for peaceful purposes only.
In addition to travel Nackaerts assistant director of political affairs of the agency, Rafael Grossi and chief of staff of the CEO, Yukiya Amano, diplomatic sources said since the Iranian capital.
The IAEA reported last November that Iran develops nuclear weapons, which meant the imposition of new sanctions against Tehran by the UN as well as unilateral measures by the United States and elsewhere.
While it was announced that Iran approved the mission in Turkey, the president of the Islamic Republic’s parliament, Ali Larijani, said that the regime in Tehran is ready to resume negotiations on its nuclear program with the West.
“Iran has always been willing to negotiate on its peaceful nuclear program with the sextet (Russia, China, USA, France, UK and Germany),” he said Larijani.
“Our Turkish friends undertook to carry out the negotiations in Turkey and we accept it,” said Larijani, who is visiting there.
The negotiations between the parties broke down in 2009 after the IAEA condemned Iran for the construction of a second uranium enrichment plant.
Moreover, Iran’s religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said yesterday that the Central Intelligence Agency of America (CIA) and Israel’s intelligence agency (Mossad) are behind the “abominable” murder of a nuclear scientist, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan.
“This cowardly murder, perpetrated by people who do not dare to take responsibility, was committed, as well as other crimes-with the support of the CIA and Mossad,” Khamenei said in a statement posted on its website.