"Real breakthrough! The visit of #IAEA Director General R. Grossi to #Iran resulted in very important agreements, incl. regarding access to 2 sites specified by the IAEA," Mikhail Ulyanov wrote on his Twitter account on Wednesday.
He made the remarks while reacting to a joint statement released on Wednesday at the end of a two-day visit to Tehran by the IAEA chief Rafael Mariano Grossi who held productive talks with senior Iranian officials including President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi.
"This is yet another proof that dialogue is more productive than pressure. Congratulations to both sides!" added the Russian diplomat.
"From IAEA-Iran Joint Statement: In this present context, based on analysis of available information to the #IAEA, the IAEA does not have further questions to #Iran and further requests for access to locations other than those declared by Iran under its CSA and AP," he said in a separate message.
"#IAEA and #Iran agreed to further reinforce their cooperation and enhance mutual trust to facilitate the full implementation of Iran’s Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement and the Additional Protocol. Good words bolstered by excellent practical cooperation “in the field”, Ulyanov noted.
In their six-point joint statement, Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog announced that they agreed to further reinforce their nuclear cooperation.
The two sides “agreed to further reinforce their cooperation and enhance mutual trust to facilitate the full implementation of Iran’s Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement (CSA) and the Additional Protocol (AP) thereto, which is provisionally applied by Iran since 16 January 2016.”
Iran will also voluntarily provide the IAEA with access to two locations specified by the Agency.
“Both sides recognize the independence, impartiality and professionalism of the IAEA continue to be essential in the fulfilment of its verification activities,” reads the statement.
Iran-IAEA agreement was also welcomed by Secretary-General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Schmid who said EU will continue its work to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal.
“Good news from Tehran on cooperation between #Iran and @iaeaorg. The EU trusts the impartial and independent role of the agency. In the meantime we continue our work to preserve #JCPOA with Joint Commission next week; I will chair on behalf of High Representative @JosepBorrellF,” Schmid tweeted on Wednesday.
Iran’s Ambassador to the UK Hamid Baeidinejad commented on the six-point joint statement saying that the recent agreement between Iran and the IAEA has disappointed the US on continuation of its anti-Iran measures.
On Tuesday, the US suffered another humiliating diplomatic setback after the president of the UN Security Council rejected the Donald Trump administration’s attempt to “snap back” sanctions on Iran.
Last week, the US was also rebuffed when 13 countries of the Security Council argued that the US had no legal right to “snap back” sanctions because it had already walked out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.