Following a visit to Tehran by IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi, the IAEA and Iran issued a joint statement indicating they had agreed “to maintain their mutual interactions and meetings at relevant levels… with the aim of enhancing cooperation between Iran and the IAEA in different fields and discussing current issues of mutual interest”. Too, it was announced that “IAEA’s inspectors are permitted to service the identified equipment and replace their storage media which will be kept under the joint IAEA and AEOI seals in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The way and the timing are agreed by the two sides”. Grossi acknowledged that “we had a major, major communication breakdown with Iran… and I think that was solved”, further noting that “the reconstruction and the coming together of the jigsaw puzzle will come when there is an agreement at the JCPOA level. But at that time, we will have all this information and there will not have been a gap… This cannot be a permanent solution”.
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