The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog will visit Tehran this week, joining a group of experts who were due to fly late on Monday, Iran’s top nuclear official said. Ali Akbar Salehi spoke in Vienna after meeting International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano, who is responsible for monitoring
whether Iran complies with a nuclear deal reached with world powers on July 14. The IAEA said in an email that a visit by Amano to Tehran was under consideration but the “details are still to be worked out”. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) requires Iran to curb its nuclear program under close supervision from the IAEA, in return for relief from international sanctions. “About 12 or 13 IAEA experts are going to Tehran tonight and Amano will visit in the next three or four days,” Salehi said on state television late on Monday. “We hope the remaining issues are resolved by December 15 so the implementation of the JCPOA can start,” he added, referring to a deadline set in a ‘Road-map’ deal Iran reached with the agency alongside the JCPOA.