High-level meeting in Iran “inconclusive,” IAEA director general told the board

High-level meeting in Iran “inconclusive,” IAEA director general told the board



Extensive negotiations in Iran yesterday on outstanding nuclear verification issues “turned out to be inconclusive,” IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi told the agency’s board of governors today as he presented his latest report on verification and surveillance in Iran to the 35-member panel .

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Extensive negotiations in Iran yesterday on outstanding nuclear verification issues “turned out to be inconclusive,” IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi told the agency’s board of governors today as he presented his latest report on verification and surveillance in Iran to the 35-member panel .

On November 23, Mr. Grossi met with Mohammad Eslami, Vice President of Iran and Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency, and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Tehran.

The IAEA has reviewed and monitored the implementation of Iran’s nuclear commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), sometimes referred to as the Iran Nuclear Agreement. However, as of February 2021, review and surveillance activities have been affected following Iran’s decision to cease implementing its nuclear-related obligations under the JCPOA.

A fixed-term agreement between Iran and the IAEA in February made it easier to maintain continuity of knowledge, said Mr Grossi. “However, the repeated renewal of the agreement, which has now been in place for around nine months, poses a significant challenge to the agency’s ability to restore this continuity of knowledge,” he said.

The IAEA inspectors’ lack of access to the Karaj workshop “seriously affects the agency’s ability to restore the continuity of knowledge in the workshop, which has been widely recognized as essential to a return to the JCPOA,” added Mr Grossi.

Negotiations between the parties of the JCPOA, Iran and five world powers are to be resumed next week in Vienna.

Regarding the presence of uranium particles of anthropogenic origin in three locations in Iran that were not reported to the Agency, Mr. Grossi stated that this “is a clear indication that nuclear material and / or equipment contaminated by nuclear material is present at these locations” .

He also spoke of “incidents where Agency inspectors have been subjected to excessively invasive physical searches by security officers at nuclear facilities in Iran” and urged Iran to remediate and implement nuclear facility safety procedures in accordance with internationally recognized safety practices and privileges and immunities to respect the IAEA and its inspectors.

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