The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, assured this Tuesday in Iran that a “framework of understanding” must be sought, given the concern of the Western powers about the increase in uranium enrichment in the nation Persian in response to US sanctions.
Iran looks forward to a constructive meeting with the IAEA on nuclear matters
“The work was very intense (…) We continued our negotiations to achieve a framework of understanding,” said Grossi, while underlining that they worked very hard and are multiplying the efforts to conclude the exchanges on the same day.
Last week, the IAEA reported a significant increase in the amount of highly enriched uranium, produced in recent months by Iran.
“If Iran continues at this rate, the time will come when it will be impossible to make a profit even by returning to the agreement,” US envoy Rob Malley revealed last Friday (November 19) at a security conference in Bahrain.
Grossi arrived in Tehran on Monday night to discuss the talks that try to save the Comprehensive Program of Joint Action (PIAC), a week after the resumption of the dialogues in Vienna between the nuclear powers.
The head of the world atomic entity held a meeting on Tuesday with the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Mohamad Eslami, and will later meet with Foreign Minister Hosein Amir Abdollahian.
As part of the agenda, Grossi and Eslami discussed establishing an explicit framework for cooperation between the IAEA and the IAEA.
“We hope that Rafael Grossi’s visit will be as constructive as the previous ones,” said the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, Said Khatibzadeh, in his regular press conference on Monday.
“We have always advised the IAEA to remain on the path of technical cooperation and not allow certain countries to pursue their political objectives on behalf of the organization,” he said.
With this meeting, preparations are prepared for the dialogue that the nuclear powers will have in Vienna, conversations that were interrupted after the arrival to power last June of President Ebrahim Raisi.
The spokesman for the Persian Foreign Ministry reaffirmed that Iran will go to the Austrian capital “with a complete team and a firm will to lift the sanctions” and suggested that the other parties should go in the spirit of reaching a practical and comprehensive agreement.
The PIAC was signed in 2015 between Iran and the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, France, and Germany. Adherence to the agreement meant the lifting of international sanctions that suffocate Tehran’s economy. Instead, they had to reduce their nuclear program, which was placed under strict control of the United Nations.
However, in 2018, US President Donald Trump decided to abandon the pact and return to the sanctions policy. In contrast, Tehran abandoned some of the commitments made in PIAC.