October 21, 2021

IAEA chief arrives in Tehran for talks on Iran’s nuclear program

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UN nuclear watchdog chief Rafael Grossi is set to hold talks in Iran on Sunday that could ease tensions between Tehran and the West, as he seeks to extend and end talks to restore the Iran nuclear deal. Threatened to

Iranian state media said Grossi arrived in Tehran overnight International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran’s ambassador to the IAEA and the agency said he would meet with Mohammad Aslami, the new head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization.

The IAEA said Grossi is expected to hold a news conference at Vienna Airport at 8:30 pm (1830 GMT) on his return on Sunday.

The IAEA this week informed member states that no progress had been made on two key issues: clarification of traces of uranium found in many old, undisclosed sites and immediate access to some monitoring equipment. Iran’s nuclear program As provided by the 2015 agreement.

Separate, indirect talks between the two countries, which have returned to abide by the agreement, have been suspended since June. Washington and its European allies have been pushing for the administration of hardline President Ibrahim Raisi, who took office in August. Back to negotiations.

Under a 2015 agreement between Iran and the major powers, Tehran agreed to sanctions on its nuclear activities in exchange for lifting sanctions.

President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the deal in 2018, reintroducing painful economic sanctions. Iran responded by violating many of the agreement’s core sanctions as of 2019, such as enriching uranium to a higher purity, suitable for use in nuclear weapons.

Western powers will have to decide whether to move forward with a resolution criticizing Iran or increase pressure on it to stone the IAEA at next week’s meeting of the agency’s 35-nation board of governors. A resolution could jeopardize the resumption of talks on the deal, as Tehran engages in such moves.

The IAEA Board of Governors will look into Grossi’s visit to see if Iran provides access to monitoring equipment for its services or the possibility of responses to uranium particles found in undisclosed locations. does.

(Reuters)

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