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IAEA chief gets more agency access to Iran’s nuclear facilities during visit

Rafael Grossi says Iran has not accumulated uranium enriched beyond 60%.

Photo by IAEA Imagebank on Flickr / CC BY 2.0

During the UN nuclear chief’s trip to Iran, Tehran agreed to reconnect surveillance cameras and voluntarily give the agency access to verify and monitor its nuclear activities. Iran and the International Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA) say they will resolve outstanding safeguards issues as per the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Rafael Grossi said he is against leaks of confidential communication between the IAEA and Iran. He claimed he has no control over what member states who have access to such information do with it. For their part, Iran’s president and atomic agency (AEOI) chief say the UN nuclear watchdog must remain neutral and not be swayed by Iran’s adversaries.

The IAEA chief said the difference in the agency’s relations with Iran and Israel is not an issue of fairness as its authority is determined by treaties. He explained that Israel is not a signatory to the NPT, but that every country should be.

Grossi says Iran will allow extra inspection at the Fordow plant, where a reading found 84% uranium particles. He clarified that oscillations in facilities is possible and require further inspection. The UN nuclear chief added Iran has not accumulated enriched uranium beyond 60%.