IAEA chief offers to visit Iran ahead of Additional Protocol halt

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has offered to visit Iran over Tehran’s decision to suspend the IAEA’s snap inspections.

IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi announced on Tuesday that he was ready to visit Iran after Tehran informed the UN body of its decision to end voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Safeguards Agreement.

Grossi said in a statement that the aim of the visit was to find a solution for the agency to continue to carry out its verification work under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The Iranian Foreign Ministry announced on Monday that Tehran would end its voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol to the the NPT should the other parties to the JCPOA fail to honor their commitments by the deadline of February 21.