Chairman of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano revealed that his inspectors were invited to visit a heavy water facility in Iran in 10 days.








A nuclear facility in Iran

A nuclear facility in Iran Photography: Reuters

Chairman of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano has announced that agency inspectors have been invited to visit a heavy water production facility in Iran in 10 days. According to him, “the Agency is looking into ways to implement the agreement between Iran and the West” while looking into funding and the personnel necessary for doing so.

Despite the signing of the new agreement, there is still a disagreement between Iran and the West over the interpretation of some of the clauses. The Iranian Foreign Minister, Muhammad Zarif, declared last night (Wednesday) that his country will continue building the nuclear reactor in Arak, despite the fact that the agreement with the world powers requires the cessation of construction. “We will not produce new nuclear fuel at the facility, but construction will continue” Zarif told the Iranian parliament.

American President Barack Obama updated the King of Saudi Arabia on the nuclear talks with Iran last night in a phone conversation. The two agreed that the US will update Saudi Arabia continuously during the talks. The Iranian news agency reported last night that the Foreign minister of the UAE will visit Iran today, a rare visit by a senior official from a Gulf country to the Shiite republic.
Iran itself is pleased with the agreement. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, addressed the agreement with the world powers on his Twitter account yesterday: “the nuclear agreement that was recently signed has removed the obstacles in the way of expanding Iran’s relations with other countries” he wrote.

An example of the new approach can be seen in a statement from Istanbul today. The Turkish Finance Minister Zafar Kaglian said today that all Turkish banks have received the go ahead to perform money transfers with Iranian banks following the agreement. Most of Turkish banks ceased to work with Iranian banks in 2002 following the sanctions.