Iran invites IAEA inspectors to visit Arak

Iran invited inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to visit its nuclear heavy water facility in Arak, the head of the IAEA announced on Thursday.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano made the announcement during an IAEA board of governors meeting in Vienna. Amano said all other outstanding issues with Iran will be addressed going forward.

"I can inform the board that we have received an invitation from Iran to visit the heavy water production plant at Arak on December 8," Amano said. "All other outstanding issues, including those raised in my previous reports to the board, will be addressed in subsequent steps."

On November 11, Amano signed a Joint Statement on a Framework for Cooperation with Iran. Under the framework, Iran and the IAEA agreed to strengthen their dialogue and cooperation meant to ensure the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program. Iran committed to implementing six practical measures within three months.

Amano made the remarks shortly after a diplomatic agreement occurred last week, an interim agreement between Iran and six other U.N. Member States regarding Iran's nuclear activities. Amano said the IAEA will play an important role in verifying nuclear-related measures in Iran.

"I welcome the Joint Plan of Action," Amano said. "We are now looking at the way in which the elements of the agreement relevant to the agency could be put into practice. This analysis will take some time. I will consult the board as soon as possible when it has been completed."