Iran nuclear chief, head of IAEA hold ‘important’ meeting

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami has met with the UN nuclear watchdog’s director general Rafael Grossi in Vienna, with the later describing the meeting as “important”.

Eslami is in the Austrian capital to attend the 67th Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference. His meeting with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the IAEA, took place on the sidelines of the conference on Monday.

“Important to engage with Mohammad Eslami, VP and Head of @aeoi_ir during #IAEAGC. I reiterated @IAEAorg willingness to engage and make concrete progress in the spirit of the March 4 statement to provide credible assurances that [Iran’s] nuclear programme is exclusively peaceful,” Grossi said on X, formerly known as Twitter.

That statement was announced by Iran and the IAEA on March 4, 2023 during a two-day visit by Grossi to Tehran where he met with President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and AEOI chief Eslami.

Based on the statement, Iran and the agency agreed to continue cooperation on resolving the outstanding safeguards issues, with the Islamic Republic expressing its readiness to provide further information and access to address those issues.

In addition, Iran agreed on a voluntary basis that it will allow the IAEA to implement further appropriate verification and monitoring activities, according to the text of the statement released by the agency on March 4.

The safeguards issues, related to what the agency calls undeclared locations, are on the table because of allegations levelled by the Zionist regime.

Tehran has time and again rejected those allegations, saying that they are based on faked evidence provided by the regime and are aimed at politicizing Iran’s nuclear issue.

Iran also says that it will continue to have cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog.

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