After previous IAEA visits to Iran ended with public statements by the international body praising Iran for its ahead-of-schedule implementation of the P5+1 interim deal terms, the hopes were that today’s visit would add to the momentum behind negotiation on a final pact.
That didn’t happen, however, as today’s talks came and went with no statements from either side, and the IAEA provided no indication if they intend to make any statements in the future.
The absence of any statement leaves the situation open to interpretation, with hawks likely to present it as proof Iran isn’t cooperating, despite a lack of any direct evidence to that effect, while Iran is likely to play it up as evidence that the IAEA just didn’t have any new questions for them.
The conspicuous silence out of the IAEA facilitates this sort of speculation at potentially the worst possible time, as negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran on the terms of the final deal have now begun, and the interim deal has just two months left.
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