IAEA Director General Grossi briefed the Board of Governors on the agency’s safeguards concerns and noted that “Iran has provided no new information in relation to one location, has not answered any of the Agency’s questions nor provided any information in relation to two other locations and provided a written statement on a fourth location without any substantiating documentation”. “I reiterate the requirement for Iran to clarify and resolve these issues without further delay”, he added. Grossi went on to underscore that “the lack of progress in clarifying the agency’s questions concerning the correctness and completeness of Iran’s safeguards declarations seriously affects the ability of the IAEA to provide assurance of the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program”. Iran’s IAEA envoy subsequently criticised what he deemed “the biased approach of the [IAEA] Secretariat vis-à-vis its interactions with Iran, which ignores the level of cooperation and engagement”, warning that “this approach could turn into an obstacle for future good-will interactions between the two sides”.
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