IAEA Director General Grossi visited Tehran to discuss “outstanding questions related to safeguards in Iran”. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif rejected a connection between the visit and the U.S. triggering snapback of pre-JCPOA UN sanctions and maintained: “we will not allow the U.S. and the Israeli regime, which possess nuclear weapons in the region and have already used such weapons, to ridicule the IAEA’s goals”. “We are always ready to continue our cooperation with the IAEA”, he added. The following day, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, described his meeting with Grossi as “constructive” and remarked: “a new chapter has opened between Iran and the IAEA and with Grossi’s visit to Iran, our cooperation will further expand”. He further contended that “enemies will not stay silent and we will foil their malicious measures… We accept no illegal demand beyond nuclear commitments and we act based on our interests”. In turn, Grossi, according to an Iranian readout, emphasised that “the agency is not swayed by any third party, but naturally there is some pressure which the agency will not bow to”. “There has been no negative change in relations between the IAEA and Tehran… However, there have always been technical questions over IAEA-Tehran relations for further transparency”, he added.
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