Yukiya Amano

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency will fly to Tehran on Sunday May 20 to discuss Iran’s nuclear program with that country’s top nuclear negotiators, including Saeed Jalili, the head of Iran’s Supreme Council of National Security.

The Associated Press reports that, according to the IAEA, Yukiya Amano will “discuss issues of mutual interest with high Iranian officials.”

According to this report, a meeting between the agency and Iranian negotiators that had been scheduled for next week in Vienna has now been cancelled.

Analysts say Amano’s trip could indicate the two sides have managed to resolve certain points of dispute.

Unidentified diplomats have told Associated Press that the purpose of Sunday’s visit is to “agree on an accord outlining the mechanics of IAEA access to the sites, information and officials it seeks for its investigation into whether Tehran secretly conducted nuclear weapons research and development.”

The diplomatic sources added that while signing the deal will be a promising start, its actual implementation will be the true test of how well this resolution ends the disputes.

Iranian nuclear negotiators will still meet with the G5+1 representatives in Baghdad on May 23.

Tehran could use any agreement reached with the IAEA as proof of its commitment to resolve international concerns about its nuclear program, thereby strengthening its demand that sanctions be eased.