IAEA head is in Iran to settle final issues relating alleged unknown sites before the major nuclear deal in Vienna.
In Iran, the head of the international nuclear Agency and high-rank Iranian authorities conducted key discussions. This comes as Iran and foreign powers prepare to announce the agreement over the revival of nuclear deal.
In recent days, the International Atomic Energy Agency’s General Secretary visited with Iran. Yesterday, Rafael Grossi met with Iranian Foreign Minister and Mohammad Eslami, the nuclear organization head in Tehran.
IAEA safeguards investigations into multiple locations where potential radioactive materials were discovered some years ago, were a prominent discussion topic. No documents or evidence were ever accessible to support the claims about these radioactive centers.
That’s why safeguards concern and the JCPOA negotiations move on parallel to one another. Grossi believes that the two issues are separate but intricately intertwined. “It would be difficult to imagine that such an important return to such a comprehensive agreement like JCPOA would be possible if the agency and Iran would not see eye-to-eye on how to resolve these important safeguards issues,” IAEA General Director explained.
Grossi and Eslami indicated that a mutual collaboration agreement had been struck. The head of Iranian nuclear organization stated that paperwork on “remaining issues” will be submitted in less than four months.
Tehran has said that it has never sought and would never pursue a nuclear weapon, rejecting it morally and technically. Due to a resolution during the 2015 deal discussions, the government feels the subject of the prospective military aspects of its nuclear activities should be out of question.
Iranian authorities have previously described the probe’s concerns as “political demands” from the Western sides. According to them, the negotiations would lead to an accomplishment only if these requirements are out of table.
Nuclear Deal Against Some Obstructionism
Before going to Iran, the IAEA head had talked with Israeli Prime Minister vocally. After his arrival to Vienna, Rafael Grossi will most probably provide Bennett with more reports.
Israel is the most ardent critic of the nuclear deal and its reinstatement. Tel Aviv insists that Iran is pursuing a nuclear arms and has stated repeatedly that it expects the investigation to continue.
“This is a critical time, but a positive outcome for everyone is possible,” Grossi tweeted after arriving in Tehran. The developments of the following day occurred as a decision on achievement of the Vienna negotiations is over the horizon.
Two days ago, Iranian foreign minister notified the EU’s foreign policy head that he would personally fly to Vienna. The flight would aim at inking an accord provided that the western parties take Iran’s redlines into consideration.
Tehran has asked the relaxation of a wide range of restrictions besides the IAEA probe requirements. The Iranian demands include a “foreign terrorist organisation” de-classification for IRGC and a system to monitor successful removal of sanctions. Iran also called for guarantees that Washington will not break the pact again, as it did in 2018.
The European negotiators in Vienna, from France, Germany, and the UK, returned to their capitals two days ago. They want to get their foreign ministers up to date on the latest advancements before a formal declaration.
However, Iran’s leading negotiator remained in Austrian capital to resume discussions with his Russian and Chinese peers. The feedbacks and reports indicate that a nuclear deal is more accessible than ever before.
Israeli opposition and obstructionism seems to have failed in defeating the attempts to revive the JCPOA. Tel Aviv, by the way, keeps up with its direct and indirect plans about Iran.