International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Rafael Grossi told the agency’s board of governors on Wednesday that negotiations he held this week in Tehran over Iran’s nuclear program had not yielded any results.
“On November 23, 2021, meetings were held in Tehran with Iran’s Vice President, Head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Mohammad Eslami, and Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian,” Grossi said, in a statement to the 35-nation board of governors ahead of its quarterly meeting.
Grossi and Abdullahian meet in Tehran on Tuesday
“Although I have done my best, these intensive negotiations and deliberations to resolve the outstanding issues regarding Iranian safeguards, detailed in the two reports, have yielded no result,” he added, referring to recent IAEA reports on Iran’s nuclear activities.
Grossi stressed that his negotiations in Tehran were “inconclusive,” saying, “Extensive negotiations were conducted with senior Iranian officials to address the outstanding issues of Iranian guarantees…these negotiations proved inconclusive.”
He noted that the IAEA’s activities to monitor Iran’s nuclear facilities have been “seriously undermined” as a result of Tehran’s decision to stop implementing its nuclear-related commitments.
Grossi also expressed concern that IAEA inspectors were subjected to “excessive physical” inspections by security officials at Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Grossi held consultations with an Islamist on Tuesday in Tehran at the headquarters of the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency
He said: “I repeat the call for Iran to take immediate steps to correct the status of security measures at nuclear facilities in line with the immunity of the Agency and its inspectors.”
And Grossi repeated in a later press conference in Vienna that he did not reach an agreement with Tehran during his visit yesterday, saying: “We have a number of outstanding issues with Iran…but our talks yesterday were not decisive.”
Grossi warned, “We are close to a point where we cannot guarantee that we will continue to know what is happening in Iran,” referring to Iran’s prevention of international monitoring activities for its nuclear program.
This comes as the meetings of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency begin today, Wednesday, in Vienna, to discuss Iran’s commitments related to its nuclear program.
Today, the IAEA’s 35-nation board of governors will study this report, which was issued last week and revealed that Iran has increased its stockpile of highly enriched uranium.
According to the report, Iran’s stockpile of highly enriched uranium is more than 12 times the limit allowed under the 2015 nuclear deal, and it was estimated at the beginning of November at 2,489.7 kg. The total amount currently includes 113.8 kg of uranium enriched by 20%, and 17.7 kg by 60%.