The International Atomic Energy Agency reached an interim agreement with Iran to continue “necessary” oversight of the country’s nuclear activities. Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, announced on Sunday that the inspectors will be granted more limited access than before.
Tehran announced last week that it would put its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency into trouble, starting Tuesday. The announced restriction prompted Grossi to visit the country.
On his return to Vienna, Grossi described the agreement as “something useful in bridging the gap that we have,” and an agreement that “saves the situation for the time being.”
The Argentine diplomat said he expected his technical staff to be able to do their work in Iran for the next three months and determine whether the nuclear program only serves civilian purposes as agreed.
In Tehran, Grossi spoke with Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s nuclear energy program, among others. The Argentine diplomat is also said to have met with Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif and Prime Minister Hassan Rouhani.
Grossi hopes for more comprehensive agreements with Iran in the future
Grossi did not make any statements about any talks about the future of the 2015 nuclear deal. Former US President Donald Trump unilaterally canceled the deal in 2018, after which the United States again imposed severe sanctions on Iran.
To prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, the Big Five and Germany signed an agreement in Vienna at the time. After Trump’s decision, Tehran has resumed further enrichment of uranium beyond the agreed-upon purity required for nuclear power generation.
Grossi said on Sunday evening that he hoped more comprehensive deals with Iran could be concluded in the long term.