News ID: 280828
Published: 0600 GMT February 18, 2021

Grossi due in Tehran to discuss Iran-IAEA future ties: AEOI official

Grossi due in Tehran to discuss Iran-IAEA future ties: AEOI official
IRNA

The spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said on Wednesday that the main issues to be discussed during the upcoming visit to Tehran of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog will be technical issues, Iran’s stopping the beyond-the-safeguards investigation, and the cooperation between Tehran and the Agency.

Behrouz Kamalvandi said Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi will arrive in Tehran on Saturday evening to meet with the head and other officials of the AEOI on Sunday, IRNA reported.

Kamalvandi said the visit is about the method of implementation of content of the February 15 letter of Iran to the Agency about the Majlis (the Iranian Parliament) strategic law of sanctions removal, adding that it takes place at the request of the IAEA.

He said that the parliament’s legislation mandates the Government to stop beyond-the-safeguards inspections by February 23.

In December 2020, Iranian lawmakers overwhelmingly voted in favor of the 'Strategic Action Plan to Lift Sanctions and Safeguard Interests of Iranian People', which intends to further accelerate the development of the country’s nuclear program and counteract unilateral sanctions imposed on the country by the US.

The law, among other things, has required the Iranian administration to stop allowing inspections beyond the Safeguards Agreement, including the voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol, unless there is an easing of US sanctions.

Iran’s countermeasures, which were taken one year after its full compliance despite sanctions and mounting economic pressure, conform to Articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA, which enshrine Tehran’s legal rights in case of noncompliance on the part of other signatories.

Earlier on Wednesday, Iran's Ambassador to the Vienna-based international organizations Kazem Gharibabadi had announced that IAEA director-general’s “for technical talks with the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran on how to implement the provisions of Iran's February 15 letter to the IAEA and Article 6 of the Strategic Action Plan of the Iranian Parliament and how to continue bilateral cooperation in light of the new arrangements and developments.”

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.

   
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Resource: IRNA
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