- Iran-IAEA Cooperation Hot On The Agenda
By Precious John
IAEA Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi will travel to Tehran next Monday, 24 August, for meetings with high-level Iranian authorities.
The visit will be the Director-General’s first to the country since he took office last December. During his discussions in Tehran, Director-General Grossi will address the cooperation of Iran with the IAEA, and in particular Iran’s provision of access to the Agency’s inspectors to requested locations. “I have decided to come personally to Tehran so that I can reinforce the importance of cooperation and the full implementation of all safeguards commitments and obligations with the IAEA,” Director-General Grossi said. “My objective is that my meetings in Tehran will lead to concrete progress in addressing the outstanding questions that the Agency has related to safeguards in Iran and, in particular, to resolve the issue of access.” And he added “I also hope to establish a fruitful and cooperative channel of direct dialogue with the Iranian Government which will be valuable now and in the future.”