Monday, November 29

IAEA chief calls lack of contacts with Iran “astonishing”

The director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Friday that his lack of contacts with the new Iranian government was “surprising” as Tehran faces several important deadlines in the coming weeks.

“I have not had any contact with this government … which has been going on for more than five months,” Rafael Grossi told reporters, adding that the only exceptions had been “technical talks” with the new head of the Atomic Energy Organization. from Iran, Mohammad Eslami.

“It’s incredible and I say it openly because I say it to them,” he added, explaining that there was “a long list of things that we have to discuss.”

Rafael Grossi had hoped to visit Iran before the agency’s next board of governors meeting, which begins on November 22, but regretted that he had not yet received an invitation.

Grossi’s remarks come at a time when talks, suspended since the June election of ultra-conservative President Ebrahim Raissi, are due to resume in Vienna on November 29 to save the 2015 nuclear deal, by which Iran limited its nuclear program. in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.

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