Some IAEA members to pay cost of monitoring Geneva deal implementation

Tehran, Jan 26, IRNA – Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN nuclear watchdog Reza Najafi has said that some members of the International Atomic Energy Agency would pay the cost for monitoring implementation of the Geneva deal.

Speaking to IRNA, Najafi said certain members of the IAEA's Board of Governors including the US, Britain, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Japan would pay the costs of carrying out any additional inspections from Iran and those of the IAEA's monitoring over the implementation of the nuclear deal reached between Iran and the 5+1 (US, Russia, Britain, France and China plus Germany) in the Swiss city on November 24, 2013.

Experts of Iran and the Group 5+1 organized a mechanism or a joint plan of action for implementation of the agreement and proposed January 20 for its implementation.

The agreement is for a period of six months during which the relevant countries hope to seal a final comprehensive deal that would ultimately result in the permanent lifting of all sanctions against Teheran.

According to some reports, only members of the Group 5+1 should finance the IAEA for its additional inspection and monitoring over the implementation of the Geneva deal but najafi made it clear that some members of the agency's Board of Governors that are not among 5+1 states, too, will voluntarily pay the costs. .

The IAEA's total costs for 2014 was estimated at some 344 million euro out of which some 121 million euro is allocated to the agency's monitoring operations.

At first, the IAEA had demanded six million euro for monitoring the Geneva deal implementation but it later increased the amount to some eight million euro, informed sources said.

Najafi also rejected reports on establishment of the IAEA's permanent office in Iran, noting Tehran's nuclear activities are not at the level which need a permanent office.

The IAEA has offices only in Japan and Canada.