September 12, 2021 by archyde
FILE PHOTO: The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, attends a press conference during a meeting of the board of governors at IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria, on June 7, 2021. REUTERS / Leonhard foeger
The director general of the UN nuclear agency, Argentine Rafael Grossi, travels to Tehran this Saturday to discuss with the Iranian authorities the latest violations of the atomic pact signed in 2015.
The trip has been announced by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which specified that Grossi will meet with Iranian vice president and head of the country’s nuclear agency Mohamad Eslami on Sunday.
Grossi will offer a press conference tomorrow afternoon in Vienna – around 18:30 GMT, according to the IAEA.
Archive image of Rafael Mariano Grossi. EFE / EPA / CHRISTIAN BRUNA
Minutes before the IAEA, the permanent representative of Russia to that agency, made it official, Mikhail Ulyanov, announced the trip in a Twitter message.
“The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, will fly to Iran today,” wrote Ulyanov, who is also the Russian negotiator in talks to revive the atomic pact that was signed in 2015 between Iran and six great powers.
“It is expected that by Monday morning he will be back in Vienna to report the result of his visit to the Board of Governors,” added the diplomat.
The IAEA revealed this week that Iran continues to violate the 2015 agreement, continues to enrich uranium to levels close to those needed to make atomic bombs, and the verification work of nuclear inspectors is increasingly difficult.
FILE PHOTO: The Iranian flag flies in front of IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria, on May 23, 2021. REUTERS / Leonhard Foeger
In addition to denouncing the growing inability to verify the Iranian nuclear program, the IAEA reported that Iran currently accumulates 10 kilos of uranium enriched to 60%, much closer to the 90% needed to develop a nuclear weapon than the 3.67% that the 2015 nuclear agreement imposed as a cap..
These disclosures may make it even more difficult to resume negotiations to resuscitate the aforementioned nuclear pact, which the United States abandoned in 2018 and that Iran began to default a year later in retaliation for the sanctions imposed.
The objective of the negotiations, which have been paralyzed since June, is that The US returns to the treaty, known as JCPOA (for its acronym in English), and that Iran complies in its entirety.
FILE PHOTO: The Undersecretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS), Enrique Mora, and the Iranian Deputy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abbas Araghchi, await the start of a meeting of the Joint Commission of the JCPOA in Vienna, Austria, on April 6, 2021. EU Delegation in Vienna / via REUTERS
The JCPOA established limitations on Iran’s civil atomic program, with the aim of prevent nuclear weapons from being made, while in return Tehran obtained economic advantages from the lifting of international sanctions.
The Iranian President, Ebrahim Raisí, warned last Wednesday that a “non-constructive” approach towards Iran by the IAEA could negatively affect the suspended nuclear negotiations.
Raisí responded thus, in a telephone conversation with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, to the IAEA report that denounced that Iran continues to enrich uranium to levels close to what is necessary to manufacture atomic weapons and blocking international inspections.
File photo of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi during a press conference in Tehran, Iran. June 21, 2021. Majid Asgaripour / Wana via Reuters
”In the event of non-constructive treatment from the IAEA, it is not reasonable to expect Iran to have a constructive response. Non-constructive actions naturally affect the negotiation process as well.”Raisí stressed, according to a statement from the Iranian Presidency.
The president also stated that “The serious cooperation of the Islamic Republic with the IAEA is a clear example of Iran’s desire for transparency in its nuclear activities”.
Next week begins a Board of Governors of the IAEA and the European powers of the pact, Germany, France and the United Kingdom; and the United States, can present a resolution criticizing Tehran’s lack of cooperation with the agency.
(With information from EFE)
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