At the conclusion of a two-day visit by IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi to Tehran and his discussions with President Ebrahim Raeisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and the UN nuclear agency, a joint statement was released on Saturday.
The statement claims that both parties agreed that such fruitful interactions between Iran and the IAEA can open the door to more comprehensive agreements between state parties.
Both sides agreed that bilateral interactions will be carried out in a spirit of collaboration, and in full conformity with the competencies of the IAEA and the rights and obligations of Iran based on the comprehensive safeguards agreement.
“Regarding the outstanding safeguards issues related to the three locations, Iran expressed its readiness to continue its cooperation and provide further information and access to address the outstanding safeguards issues,” the statement said.
Iran and the IAEA are currently in a dispute triggered by the agency’s Israeli-influenced accusations, which were leveled against Tehran’s peaceful nuclear activities. The IAEA insists to probe into what the agency claims are “uranium traces” found at “undeclared nuclear sites” in Iran.
The issue has emerged as a key sticking point in talks aimed at salvaging the 2015 nuclear deal, which remain stalled since last August. Iran has dismissed the probe as “politically motivated”.
In the statement, Iran expressed its readiness to “allow the IAEA to implement further appropriate verification and monitoring activities” on a voluntary basis will.
“Modalities will be agreed between the two sides in the course of a technical meeting which will take place soon in Tehran,” it added.