IAEA Director General Raphael Grossi warned that the development of Iran’s nuclear program was “very concerning”, noting that “a country enriching [uranium] at 60 per cent is a very serious thing — only countries making bombs are reaching this level”. “You cannot put the genie back into the bottle — once you know how to do stuff, you know, and the only way to check this is through verification”, Grossi highlighted. “The Iranian program has grown, become more sophisticated so the linear return to 2015 is no longer possible. What you can do is keep their activities below the parameters of 2015”. Grossi also discussed the IAEA investigation over traces of uranium at undeclared sites, which he described as “a big problem”, and maintained: “They know they have to provide explanations… This is going to affect the credibility of your country in general and the chances for any bigger wider agreement that you want to enter with your counterparts in the JCPOA”.
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