The IAEA advocates finding “common solutions” to differences over Iran’s nuclear program

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Rafael Grossi Monday called for finding “common solutions” to resolve differences over Iran’s nuclear program amid talks to try to bring the 2015 nuclear deal to Tehran expressed reservations on various points of the recent proposal by the European Union (EU), which acts as mediator.

“The agency remains ready to immediately resume contacts with Iran to resolve these issues. We must find common solutions to the problems because they will not go away unless we solve them together,” he said.

He complained that the panel’s review work on Tehran’s nuclear deal commitments was “seriously hampered” by the authorities’ decision to suspend it, including the additional protocol, following the decision to unilaterally withdraw from the deal in 2018.

The IAEA advocates finding “common solutions” to differences over Iran’s nuclear program
The IAEA advocates finding “common solutions” to differences over Iran’s nuclear program

“In the event of a full restart of the implementation of Iran’s nuclear commitments under the deal, the agency needs to fill the knowledge gap about what happened while the monitoring and monitoring equipment was down,” he recalled, before conceding. There will be significant challenges to confirm compliance with the pre-February 21, 2021 situation regarding Iran’s declared inventory of centrifuges and heavy water.”

Grossi has also indicated that the agency “has made efforts to work with Iran to resolve pending issues related to the presence of uranium particles of anthropogenic origin at three undeclared facilities.” “Since June, Iran has not interacted with the agency, so these issues have not been resolved and we are unable to provide guarantees that Iran’s program is exclusively peaceful,” he concluded.

Iranian authorities on September 8 dismissed the latest IAEA report on the situation, saying, “It is a repetition of previous unfounded problems.” Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) spokesman Behruz Kamalvandi also reiterated that the “peaceful” Iranian nuclear program was “the most transparent so far”.

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