Iran: IAEA chief Grossi discusses cooperation with Iranian FM Zarif in Tehran
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The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday called on Iran “immediately and in full” to cooperate with the organization on issues related to the international nuclear agreement.
The IAEA is urging Iran to grant access to two sites and notes that Tehran is refusing to conduct “meaningful negotiations” to clarify the agency’s issues, said the new head of the organization, Rafael Grossi.
According to Grossi, the IAEA has questions “related to the possible presence of undeclared nuclear material and nuclear activities at three facilities that Iran has not declared.”.
He added that the lack of access to two of the three sites and Iran’s refusal to negotiate “negatively affects the agency’s ability … to provide credible assurances that there are no undeclared nuclear materials and activities in Iran.”.
An IAEA report released last week revealed Tehran denied the organization access to two sites in January..
According to diplomats, these facilities are not related to current activities, but to military nuclear projects that Iran allegedly conducted in the 2000s..
However, heightened focus on an earlier program could heighten tensions..
Iran’s spokesman for the IAEA, Kazem Garib Abadi, said last week that Tehran is under no obligation to grant the organization access to its facilities if it believes the requests are based on “fabricated information.” He also accused the US and Israel of trying to “put pressure on the agency.”.
Israel Says Its Intelligence Services Received New Information On Previous Nuclear Weapons Program In Iran.
A second IAEA report released last week describes Tehran’s violations of the international nuclear agreement, but does not mention any restrictions on access to nuclear facilities..
Speaking at the quarterly meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors, Grossi noted that since January, when Tehran announced it would end its obligations under the agreement, the agency “has not identified any changes in Iran’s compliance with nuclear-related commitments.”.
A 2015 agreement that provides for sanctions relief in exchange for a nuclear limitation has been in a shaky position since the U.S. pulled out of it in 2018 and reinstated tough sanctions on Tehran..
Tehran responded by rolling back restrictions on agreement.
Other signatories to the nuclear deal – China, Britain, Germany, France, and Russia – are negotiating with Tehran in an effort to save the treaty.