18 January 2023

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi remarked that “I’m expecting to get a better engagement from the Iranian authorities. It’s been difficult these past few months. We have not been getting responses … I hope to be able to visit Iran and to reset what needs to be a relationship based on trust which is faulting at this point in time”. He further maintained that “Iran has been getting more last generation centrifuges, is accumulating more material at five, 20 and 60 per cent enrichment which is quite close to weapon-grade… These are all factors that as I have been telling my Iranian counterparts are… configurating a situation that is getting more and more complex as time passes”. Grossi added: “It’s getting also more difficult for us to ascertain the situation there because our visibility in the Islamic Republic has been reduced because of the disconnection of some of our cameras and other systems that we had… We need to sit down at the highest possible political level to talk honestly and agree that this cannot continue”.

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