UN Nuclear Chief Arrives in Iran

September 20, 2015 Updated: September 20, 2015

TEHRAN, Iran— Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani told the United Nations’ nuclear chief Yukiya Amano on Sunday that his agency should be fair in its implementation of a nuclear deal reached between Iran and the world powers, according to a report on Rouhani’s website.

Amano arrived in Tehran earlier in the day to discuss outstanding issues; it was Amano’s second visit to Iran in the past three months.

“Under the deal, we will voluntarily carry the additional protocol and we hope you have a fair observation on implementation of the deal,” Rouhani told Amano. “The agency will have an effective role in implementation of the deal.”

The Iranian president also reiterated that Iran has no intention of developing a nuclear weapon. “Over the past years and during monitoring and snap inspections by the agency (it is) persisted that Iran has had no diversion from its peaceful nuclear program,” he said.

Amano replied that his agency’s work in Iran and elsewhere is “based on impartiality and persisting on facts.”

Amano’s visit comes less than a month before an Oct. 15 deadline to gather information on allegations that Iran had in the past tried to build atomic weapons. A final U.N. assessment is due in December.

The West suspects Iran’s nuclear program has a secret military dimension. Iran denies the charge saying its nuclear activities have peaceful purposes like power generation and cancer treatment.

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