Vienna: The head of the UN nuclear watchdog on Sunday announced a “temporary solution” to continue inspections of Iranian facilities after a few days of talks with officials, providing much-needed breathing space for diplomatic negotiations.
Rafael Grossi acknowledged, however, that under the new quarterly regulation, following a law that went into effect Tuesday restricting certain inspections, the IAEA’s level of access will be different.
Grossi’s visit to Iran was in the administration of US President Joe Biden, and efforts between European powers and Tehran were intensified to keep Donald Trump from retreating and continuing the confrontation. Since Iran imposed sanctions, the 2015 nuclear deal has been on the verge of collapse. country.
Last December, the Iranian Conservative Party-led parliament passed a law requiring certain inspections to be suspended if the United States fails to lift sanctions against this Sunday.
Tehran had notified the UN body that if the suspensions were lifted it would suspend “voluntary transparency measures” — notably inspections to non-nuclear sites, including military sites suspected of nuclear-related activity.
Grossi said that under the new “temporary technical understanding… there is less access, let s face it”.
“But still we were able to retain the necessary degree of monitoring and verification work,” he added.
“What we agreed is something that is viable — it is useful to bridge this gap that we are having now, it salvages the situation now,” Grossi told reporters after landing back in Vienna.