Iranian nuclear: IAEA chief in Tehran

September 12, 2021 by archyde

The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, arrived overnight in Tehran to meet this Sunday with the Vice President of the Islamic Republic and head of the Iranian Energy Organization atomic, Mohammad Eslami.

The visit comes as the IAEA, the UN nuclear policeman, has published a particularly harsh report on Iran’s lack of cooperation. Separate and indirect talks between the United States and Iran on returning to compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal – torpedoed by Trump in 2018 – have been on hold since June. Washington and its European allies have urged the administration of new President Ebrahim Raïssi, who took office in August, to resume talks.

Under the Vienna Accord, Tehran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. But according to the IAEA, no progress has been made on two central issues: explaining the traces of uranium discovered at several old undeclared sites and obtaining urgent access to certain surveillance equipment so that the agency can continue to monitor. parts of Iran’s nuclear program. Under a law passed in December, Iran in February restricted the access of IAEA inspectors to some of its nuclear facilities.

Should we increase the pressure on Iran?

Since then, the Islamic Republic has refused to provide in real time the recordings of the cameras and other surveillance tools that the UN agency has installed in these locations. A compromise had been negotiated to ensure a certain degree of surveillance but it expired in June. “Since February 2021, verification and surveillance activities have been seriously hampered by Iran’s decision” to restrict inspections, reads the recent IAEA report consulted by AFP.

Rafael Grossi, who has already been to Iran this year, is due to hold a press conference at the Vienna airport (Austria), headquarters of the IAEA, at around 8:30 p.m., after his return. His report will be decisive: the 35 member countries of the agency’s Board of Governors – including France – must decide at their meeting next week whether to adopt a resolution increasing the pressure on Iran, in the threatens to derail the current thin talks.

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Natasha Kumar

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