UN Agency ‘Uncomfortable’ at Pause of Iran Nuclear Talks

Iran says talks will resume when new president takes office

The International Atomic Energy Agency can’t always decide what they want Iran to do, but they are consistently displeased with the status quo, announcing Monday that they are “uncomfortable” with the current pause in the Vienna nuclear talks.

IAEA director Rafael Grossi says he has a “number of questions” for Iran with respect to this pause, and doesn’t like the position it puts the IAEA in that the talks have temporarily stopped.

That’s temporary. Iran has been very clear that their intention is to restart the talks after the inauguration of President-elect Ebrahim Raisi. This is to take place August 9, meaning the pause is only going to be about three weeks.

The IAEA has struggled with its position on Iran, bouncing from defending workaround deals to keep monitoring going during the talks to following up with statements critical of Iran in very vague terms, and often using misleading statements to portray the Iranians in a negative light.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.