Developments with Iran are constructive, the Director General informed the IAEA Board of Governors

Developments with Iran are constructive, the Director General informed the IAEA Board of Governors



This weekend, a positive and constructive meeting took place in Tehran with the aim of strengthening the IAEA’s indispensable nuclear verification work in Iran, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi told the IAEA Board of Governors this morning. At the opening of the regular quarterly meeting of the 35-member Board of Directors, Mr. Grossi outlined the latest developments in security measures in Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and spoke about numerous peaceful nuclear projects and programs of the IAEA.

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This weekend, a positive and constructive meeting took place in Tehran with the aim of strengthening the IAEA’s indispensable nuclear verification work in Iran, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi told the IAEA Board of Governors this morning. At the opening of the regular quarterly meeting of the 35-member Board of Directors, Mr. Grossi outlined the latest developments in security measures in Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and spoke about numerous peaceful nuclear projects and programs of the IAEA.

Mr. Grossi informed the board about his meeting yesterday with the Vice President and Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami. They agreed that IAEA inspectors can now service the agency’s surveillance and surveillance equipment in Iran and replace its storage media, Grossi said. These storage media are stored in Iran under the seals of the IAEA and the AIA. Read more in this joint statement.

They also arranged a meeting between Mr Eslami and Mr Grossi on the sidelines of the IAEA general conference next week and an early visit by Mr Grossi to Tehran to hold high-level consultations with Iranian officials in order to increase cooperation between Iran and the IAEA in various areas Discuss and discuss current issues of common interest.

By February 23, 2021, the IAEA had reviewed and monitored the implementation of Iran’s nuclear-related commitments under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), sometimes referred to as the “Iran nuclear deal”. However, since February surveillance activities have been undermined by Iran’s decision to cease implementing its nuclear-related obligations under the JCPOA, including the application of the Additional Protocol to Iran’s Comprehensive Protection Agreement with the IAEA.

Mr. Grossi noted that the IAEA’s ability to maintain “continuity of knowledge” – an unbroken record of surveillance activity – in Iran had deteriorated over time, and said the Iranian government and the IAEA had agreed during his trip that the inspectors will have the necessary access to all monitoring equipment again in a few days and that the equipment at a facility will be replaced.

With reference to the fact that nuclear material was available in undeclared locations in Iran and stated that the IAEA was not aware of the current whereabouts of this nuclear material, Mr Grossi called on the Iranian government to clarify the IAEA’s questions and to resolve open questions immediately .

“I remain deeply concerned about the existence of nuclear material in undeclared locations in Iran and that the current locations of this nuclear material are not known to the agency,” Mr. Grossi told the board. “And I am increasingly concerned that the security issues described above in relation to the four locations not reported to the agency in Iran will remain unsolved even after about two years.”

Mr. Grossi also urged Iran to comply with its legal obligations under the subsidiary agreements to its protection agreement. He hoped that “through a direct, cooperative and productive dialogue with the new government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, these urgent matters can be addressed”.

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