Tehran 0
23 October 2021

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi indicated the agency’s monitoring capability in Iran was “no longer intact” after Tehran had restricted access to a centrifuge facility in Karaj. “It hasn’t paralysed what we are doing there, but damage that has been done, with a potential of us not being able to reconstruct the picture, the jigsaw puzzle”, he added, while noting: “if and when the JCPOA will be restarted, I know that for the JCPOA partners to go back to an agreement, they will have to know where they are putting their feet”. Grossi further stated that so far he had seen “no indication” of Iran trying to make a nuclear weapon, but asserted that “the case of the DPRK should remind us of what may happen if diplomatic efforts go wrong… If diplomacy fails, you may be confronted with a situation that would have enormous political impact in the Middle East and beyond”.

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