Middle East

Head of UN nuclear watchdog visits Iran

  • In this photo released by official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani, right, and Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano shake hands for media at the start of their meeting at the Presidency office in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

    In this photo released by official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani, right, and Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano shake hands for media at the start of their meeting at the Presidency office in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano speaks during a joint news briefing with Iran's Atomic Energy Organization chief Ali Akbar Salehi after their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

    International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano speaks during a joint news briefing with Iran's Atomic Energy Organization chief Ali Akbar Salehi after their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano and chief of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, rear center, arrive for a news briefing after their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

    Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano and chief of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, rear center, arrive for a news briefing after their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)  (The Associated Press)

The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog is visiting Iran for the second time since a landmark nuclear agreement with world powers went into effect at the start of this year.

Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, on Sunday urged all sides to adhere to the agreement.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would abide by the deal if other nations do, and said IAEA reports should be "technical and impartial."

The IAEA said last month that Iran exceeded its heavy water limit by 100 kilograms (220 pounds) over the 130 metric tons allowed under the agreement. Heavy water is used to cool reactors that produce plutonium, which can be used in atomic bombs.

Iran later said it transferred 11 tons of heavy water to Oman.