Head of the Atomic Energy Agency: Iran will allow increased inspection capabilities to verify its nuclear activities

(CNN) — The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, said at a conference in Vienna on Saturday, after his visit to Iran, that Tehran will allow more access and monitoring capabilities to the International Atomic Energy Agency after several discussions.

Grossi added that Iran would allow the International Atomic Energy Agency “tangible access” to some of the persons of interest and more sites where uranium is being enriched.

At several sites in Iran, Grossi said, monitoring equipment will be reinstalled and inspections will be increased by 50 percent.

Grossi noted that this is due to start “very, very soon,” with a team from the International Atomic Energy Agency arriving in a few days to start reinstalling the equipment. He did not specify where the equipment would be installed.

Grossi said Iran would help the International Atomic Energy Agency investigate uranium particles found at undeclared sites in Iran.

Grossi continued, “We’re trying to have an intellectual meeting so we can understand where they can’t give us the information we need.”

“We are missing out on some areas that are particularly critical in the context of a possible JCPOA revival,” Grossi said.

Grossi indicated that Iran has the right to continue enriching uranium, as long as it remains transparent and within the agreed guarantees.

“They don’t need to give me an explanation as to why they enriched (uranium) at 60%,” Grossi said.

Grossi met with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, and the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Mohammad Eslami.

“We agreed to restore monitoring and verification capabilities. We agreed that we will have some access… We are taking steps in the right direction. I don’t want to sound overly optimistic or overly pessimistic. I think we have a lot of work to do,” the IAEA director explained. hard.”

Prior to the press conference, the IAEA issued a joint statement with Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency in which the two bodies agreed that their interactions would be “conducted in a spirit of cooperation.” They also agreed that Iran had expressed its willingness to “continue its cooperation and provide additional information and access to address outstanding safeguards issues.”

The joint statement stated that Iran would allow the IAEA to carry out further verification and appropriate monitoring activities on a voluntary basis.

According to Iran’s state-run Press TV on Saturday, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said he hoped the International Atomic Energy Agency would remain neutral and fair toward Iran’s nuclear energy program and refrain from being influenced by “certain forces pursuing their own goals.”

According to “Press TV”, Raisi said that the visits of IAEA officials to Tehran indicate “Iran’s firm determination to constructively cooperate with the agency.” In his meeting with Grossi, Raisi said that Iran has the highest level of cooperation with the IAEA.

The president stressed that Iran’s nuclear program works to enhance the welfare of the Iranian people through “industry, agriculture and medicine.”

The head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization rejected the latest report of the International Agency, which revealed the presence of uranium particles enriched to 83.7% at the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. Eslami stated that “there is no deviation” in Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities.

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