IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi, commenting on the Agency’s monitoring and verification activities in Iran, indicated that “we are flying in a heavily clouded sky… we are flying and we can continue in this way, but not for too long”. He also asserted that providing full IAEA access “is in their [ie, the Iranians] interest as much as it is in the international community’s interest, because if they take seriously their intentions to continue with their nuclear program for civil purposes, they have to give the guarantees of what is going on there”. “One has to, at some point, come to grips with this situation”, Grossi said. “Otherwise we are going to be in a very uncertain territory, and I hope that will not be the case”. He also acknowledged that “together with the change of government, we have seen increased levels of tight security around their facilities… this has led on occasion to some difficult moments with our inspectors”.
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