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October 2021, No. 98


Spotlight

IAEA Strikes Deal with Iran


We had constructive talks and the IAEA Director General was scheduled to visit Tehran in the near future to hold talks with the authorities,
the IAEA chief said after meeting with Rafael Grossi in Tehran.


Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, arrived in Tehran on September 11, on the eve of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors meeting; Earlier, a Wall Street Journal reporter claimed that Tehran had opposed the trip.

After a two-hour meeting between Grossi and Mohammad Eslami, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization, it was decided that first the technical talks would continue in Vienna,  and then the IAEA Director General would travel to Tehran again in the near future to follow the talks. The memory cards were Installed as before and replaced with new ones; this means that the camera memory is not currently erased. Agency inspectors are also permitted to service the specified surveillance equipment.

Camera memory is not erased

We had constructive talks and the IAEA Director General was scheduled to visit Tehran in the near future to hold talks with the authorities, the IAEA chief said after meeting with Rafael Grossi in Tehran. He will come to Tehran in the future, he said, adding, We have agreed to replace the memory cards of the agencys cameras, which is part of the safeguards framework.

He noted: All measures are aimed at building trust and the IAEA will play an effective role in fulfilling its legal duties, Eslami told reporters after meeting with Rafael Grossi. According to IRIB, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization continued: We also agreed that the relevant technical team would come to Iran to replace the memory cards of the technical surveillance cameras and take the necessary measures to be done technically for the cameras. Eslami further said that he will seal the memory cards here according to the previous procedure and install new ones.

Need for dialogue between Iran and IAEA

After meeting with Eslami, Rafael Grossi also stressed the need for dialogue between Iran and the IAEA on various issues. According to ISNA, in a joint press conference with Mohammad Eslami, the IAEA Director General stressed the need for dialogue between Iran and the IAEA on various issues. This is my first meeting with Mr. Eslami since his appointment. This visit is very important for me because it is after the new government comes to power in Iran. This means that Iran and the IAEA must work together and expand their cooperation. He praised the positive and in-depth conversation he had with Mohammad Eslami, saying, We need to negotiate and exchange views on various issues. This is one of the most important events in the world.

Referring to the agencys general conference in Vienna in less than two weeks. Grossi said: I was pleased to hear that Mr. Eslami is chairing the Iranian delegation to this conference, and we agreed to continue the talks in Vienna, after which I will return to Iran for high-level talks with Iranian officials. The Director General of the IAEA, while assessing the talks with the Iranian delegation in the Atomic Energy Organization as positive, added: Positive cooperation between Iran and the IAEA is very important for the continuation of the IAEA technical equipment and this is an important guarantee for Iran and the world to continue the next positive agreement.

This constructive cooperation is effective for future peaceful co-operation, he concluded, acknowledging the co-operation of the IAEA team in the technical negotiations.

Grossis visit to Tehran came on the eve of a forthcoming meeting of the Board of Governors, following a recent IAEA report that IAEA observers inspections of Irans nuclear sites had been severely weakened following Irans decision not to comply with its obligations. Grossis visit to Tehran has been the result of intensive negotiations over the past few days. Three sources close to the talks told the Wall Street Journal that the trip came after the two sides agreed on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors re-access to Irans nuclear activities and Tehrans cooperation in the IAEA investigation. There has been some speculation that Grossis trip may be aimed at gaining access to camera images of nuclear facilities, Press TV quoted an informed source as saying on Friday night, citing an IAEA director generals visit to Iran. The Agency does not have access to the camera images of the nuclear facilities.

 

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