0548 GMT October 28, 2021
Chief of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami arrived in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Sunday to take part in the 65th annual regular session of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference starting today.
Held at the Vienna International Centre (VIC), where high-ranking officials and representatives from IAEA member states will consider a range of issues, the conference will continue until September 24, according to iaea.org.
Eslami is heading a delegation during the Vienna visit, IRNA reported.
Last Sunday, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi visited Tehran and held talks with the AEOI chief.
At a joint press conference after their meeting, Eslami described the negotiations centering on technical issues as “constructive” and said “confidence-building” is what matters for Tehran and the UN nuclear watchdog.
The head of the AEOI said all issues between Iran and the agency are basically technical, rather than political, adding the two sides decided to continue their talks in an upcoming meeting.
Eslami said Grossi will visit Tehran again in the “near future”, adding that the IAEA’s technical team will also come to Iran to make necessary arrangements for the replacement of surveillance camera memory cards in accordance with the Safeguards Agreement.
Back in February, Iran and the IAEA reached a technical understanding under which Tehran agreed to keep the camera recordings from its nuclear sites for three months as a goodwill gesture in support of diplomacy, waiting to see whether the other parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Iran and the P5+1 in 2015, could manage to bring the US, which withdrew from the agreement in May 2018, back into full compliance with the deal.
The agreement came shortly after Iran decided to stop its voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol that allowed the IAEA to carry out short-notice inspections in Iran, denying the agency's inspectors access to the country’s nuclear facilities beyond the Safeguards Agreement.
On Wednesday, Eslami said the cameras installed at the country’s nuclear sites as part of the JCPOA were deactivated due to the failure of the other parties to live up to their commitments.