News & Reports News Year 2011 June 2011 Nuclear chief invites Amano to visit Iran’s nuclear sites

Nuclear chief invites Amano to visit Iran’s nuclear sites

TEHRAN, June 21 (MNA) -- Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Director Fereydoun Abbasi Davani has said that he has invited IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano to visit Iran’ nuclear facilities.

Abbasi Davani made the announcement after a meeting with Amano in Vienna on Tuesday on the sidelines of a five-day Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety, which opened on June 20.

Abbasi Davani said that he invited Amano “and his colleagues to come to visit anywhere they like in all our nuclear installations,” Reuters reported.

He also said that he had held “very good” and “transparent” talks with Amano.

According to Reuters, Iran’s nuclear chief said that the two sides pledged to resolve problems through more dialogue in future but did not give any details on what was discussed.

“We don’t have a difference of view,” he stated.

On January 15 and January 16, 2011, diplomats from Egypt, Cuba, Syria, Algeria, Venezuela, Oman, and the Arab League visited the Natanz enrichment facility and the Arak heavy water reactor in response to Iran’s invitation.

Some members of the UN Security Council and the European Union had also been invited but decided not to send representatives.

The main bone of contention between Tehran and the West is Iran’s uranium enrichment program.

Iran says all its nuclear activities are totally peaceful, and, as an IAEA member and an NPT signatory, it has the legal right to produce nuclear fuel for its research reactors and nuclear power plants.