team arrives in Tehran for nuclear visits
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[January 18, 2014]
BEIRUT (Reuters) — A team of
inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived in
Tehran on Saturday, another step towards implementing a landmark nuclear
deal between Iran and six world powers which was finalized last week,
according to the semi-official Fars News agency.
The team, led by nuclear engineer Massimo Aparo, will begin
reporting to the IAEA on Monday, marking the official start of the
deal, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.
Under the terms of the agreement with the United States, Russia,
China, France, Britain and Germany, Iran will stop work on some
portions of its nuclear program in exchange for relief from some
international sanctions which have damaged the country's economy.
The IAEA team will visit the Natanz and Fordow nuclear facilities to
ensure that Iran will stop enriching uranium to 20 percent and that
its stockpile of enriched uranium is diluted, according to Fars
Last month, a number of hardline lawmakers introduced a bill in the
Iranian parliament pushing for an increase of uranium enrichment up
to 60 percent, ostensibly for use in nuclear submarines.
The bill was seen as a counter to a U.S. Senate bill to increase
sanctions on Iran but has yet to be voted on in the Iranian
parliament. If the bill passes it would likely sink the deal between
Iran and six world powers.
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Officials from Iran's Atomic Energy Organization met the IAEA team
at the airport, and the two groups are scheduled to have meetings on
Saturday, IRNA reported.
(Reporting by Babak Dehghanpisheh; editing by Mike Collett-White)
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