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Iran atomic chief confirms secret meeting held with US counterpart

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Date: 10 December 2015 18:07

Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 10

By Farhad Daneshvar – Trend:

Director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi has confirmed that a secret meeting between him and US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was held in Oman last month.

“The issue that I had a meeting with US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is true,” Iranian Young Journalists Club (YJC) quoted Salehi as saying.

“In Oman we met and discussed removing the obstacles to implement the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),” he added.

Earlier on December 8 The Wall Street Journal claimed that the U.S. is helping Iran with an arrangement to send part of its nuclear fuel stockpile to the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan, a step that would ease swift sanctions relief for Tehran.

The atomic chief refused to deny or confirm The Wall Street Journal’s claim regarding Kazakhstan. However he said that Iran is in discussion with “a number countries” to send out its nuclear materials waste.

According to the JCPOA the P5+1 is committed to cooperate with Iran in the safe, effective, and efficient management and disposition of nuclear and radiological wastes derived from Iran's nuclear fuel cycle activities and nuclear medicine, radioisotope production and/or consumption activities.

According to the JCPOA, Iran is to be freed from international sanctions in return to limiting its nuclear program.

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