6 March 2023

Following a trip to Tehran, during which he met senior Iranian officials and concluded a joint statement with Iran’s atomic energy organisation, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi told the Board of Governors that “the Agency has not been able to perform JCPOA verification and monitoring activities in relation to the production and inventory of centrifuges, rotors and bellows, heavy water and uranium ore concentrate (UOC) for two years… I note Iran’s agreement to allow the Agency to proceed with further monitoring and verification measures indispensable to the Agency fulfilling its mission”. “Achieving this will be very important because it would allow the Agency to begin to establish a new baseline necessary in the event of a resumption of Iran’s implementation of its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA”, Grossi added, while listing several safeguards concerns and noting “important work ahead of us” in technical discussions with Iran.  

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