Asharq Al-awsat English Middle-east and International News and Opinion from Asharq Al-awsat Newspaper

Racing Int’l Demands Ask Tehran to Resume Nuclear Negotiations

Racing Int’l Demands Ask Tehran to Resume Nuclear Negotiations

Tuesday, 21 September, 2021 - 08:15
The logo of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is seen at their headquarters during a board of governors meeting (Reuters)

World states partaking in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference are demanding that Iran cooperates with the UN nuclear watchdog and resume negotiations in Vienna to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.

Meanwhile, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi is still waiting on an Iranian confirmation for his upcoming visit to Tehran.

In his opening remarks at the conference, Grossi voiced hope in rebooting cooperation with Tehran.

Grossi said he hoped to be in Tehran “very soon to address these pressing matters that will provide the necessary assurances to the world that there is no concern and also pave the way for other important diplomatic efforts which are needed to come to a satisfactory situation when it comes to the nuclear program in Iran.

On the sidelines of the conference, Grossi held discussions with the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Mohammad Eslami.

Grossi had traveled to Tehran for a quick visit about ten days ago. Hours after his visit, the IAEA chief announced that Iran had agreed to allow IAEA inspectors to maintain surveillance cameras in its nuclear facilities.

Concerning his upcoming visit to Iran, Grossi said that he had an agreement with Iranian officials but did not reveal the trip's date.

He said he hoped to “return soon” to Tehran to complete talks with Iranian officials.

The European Union (EU), which is mediating indirect nuclear negotiations between Washington and Tehran, expressed its concern about Iran’s continued violation of the nuclear agreement and its “irreversible repercussions” related to the nuclear technology it acquires.

It urged Iran to immediately return to negotiations and reverse its violations of the nuclear agreement.

The EU also pressed Iran to fully cooperate with the IAEA without delay or conditions to resolve outstanding issues.

To date, Iran is accused of failing to provide conclusive and credible answers to questions related to inspectors finding traces of enriched uranium in secret sites.

Editor Picks