IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano landed in Tehran on Monday morning to begin a delicate mission on the Iranian nuclear issue with Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili.
Amano’s visit comes ahead of crucial talks between Iran and six world powers in Baghdad on Wednesday on the disputed nuclear program.
The purpose of Amano's trip is to get Iran to agree to terms that would allow the nuclear watchdog to resume inspections in Iran and investigate Iran’s nuclear program has no military aspect and is carried out for peaceful purposes.
The United States, Western countries and Israel suspect the Iranians have been seeking to develop atomic weapons under cover of a civilian program, but Iran stresses its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, like energy.
Western diplomats told Reuters that Tehran is about to reach an agreement with the U.N. agency on the principles to be implemented as part of the supervision on its nuclear program.
According to the Iranian Fars news agency, Amano says he held comprehensive and productive talks with Iran's top nuclear negotiator in a good atmosphere.
Amano told reporters: I discussed with Jalili a wide spectrum of different issues, including nuclear disarmament, peaceful use of nuclear energy and strengthening the position of the agency, Press TV reported.
He added that certain things remain to be discussed but they will not impede the progress of the negotiations.
From his side, Saeed Jalili said he and other officials had very good talks with visiting IAEA chief Yukiya Amano on a number of issues, Fars news agency reported.
It is worth mentioning that Iran has refused to let IAEA inspectors access any sites that are not listed among the nuclear facilities subject to review by the agency.
However, experts from the U.S. Institute for Science and International Security published satellite photos of the Iranian nuclear facility in the military complex at Parchin, 30 kilometers (19 miles) southeast of Tehran, where lively activities have been going on over the last few weeks.
According to the Associated Press news agency, Iran and the international nuclear watchdog, IAEA, will sign an agreement shortly on inspecting Iranian nuclear facilities.
Yukiya Amano told reporters at Vienna airport on his return from Tehran: "I can say it will be signed quite soon, but I cannot say how soon it will be".
"The issue of access to the Parchin military complex that Westerners suspected of harboring nuclear weapons research center, would be settled as part of the agreement," Amano added .