New IAEA head calls recent talks with Iran ‘Very Possitive’

Tasnim – The new head of the UN nuclear watchdog described his recent talks with Iranian officials in Vienna as “very positive”.

“That meeting took place in Vienna last week. I think it was very positive, it allowed us for a very first chance of starting working together,” Rafael Grossi, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told Sputnik on Thursday.

In his first meeting with an Iranian official after taking office, he held talks with Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi last week in Austria.

He added, “I think it was a very good meeting in that we committed mutually, I believe to work constructively and positively,” he said.

During the meeting, the remaining JCPOA parties “discussed my upcoming visit to Iran,” Grossi said.

“It comes natural that at some point I should come and visit, I should come and see Tehran and the facilities there, the people there. We haven’t decided on a date, but we said we would be talking about it very soon,” he said.

In May 2018, US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action).

Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the nuclear deal after the US withdrawal, but the three EU parties to the deal (France, Britain, and Germany) have failed to ensure Iran’s economic interests.

The EU’s inaction forced Tehran to stop honoring certain commitments to the nuclear deal, including a rise in the stockpile of enriched uranium.

Iran maintains that the new measures are not designed to harm the JCPOA but to save the accord by creating a balance in the commitments.