On Friday, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) slammed Iran’s new government for what he called an “astonishing” lack of contact.
“I have not had any contact with this government … that has been there for more than five months,” Rafael Grossi told reporters. Despite his claim, Grossi was in Iran in September and met with Iran’s new atomic energy chief. Grossi recognized this but downplayed the meeting as only “technical talks.”
Grossi is upset that he hasn’t been invited to Iran ahead of the upcoming IAEA board of governors meeting. “This is astonishing and I am saying it openly because I’m saying it to them. There’s a long list of things we need to discuss,” Grossi said.
Earlier this year, Iran stopped voluntarily complying with the Additional Protocol, an aspect of the JCPOA that allowed the IAEA to conduct snap inspections. Iran and the IAEA reached a temporary deal that allowed the nuclear watchdog to access the surveillance footage at Iranian nuclear facilities, but the agreement has since expired.
Grossi and the West portray Iran’s non-compliance with the Additional Protocol as a violation of the JCPOA. But since the US withdrew from the agreement back in 2018, Iran is not bound by its stringent rules.
Indirect negotiations between the US and Iran to revive the JCPOA are set to resume on November 29th. It’s likely that Iran doesn’t want to cut any more deals with the IAEA over JCPOA requirements until they get a better picture of what the future holds for the agreement.
9 thoughts on “IAEA Accuses Iran of ‘Astonishing’ Lack of Contact”
I guess we got the IAEA director we paid for …
Actually we probably got the person that Israel approved of.
I also am also astonished. How dare they? We must do something or other. Everything is on the table.
Does the date May 8th, 2018 ring a bell for Groosi? Any questions to be asked about the events that have unfolded since that time? Maximum pressure? Sabotages? Assassinations? Threats of oblivion? The only thing astonishing is his total lack of impartiality to have the gall to blame Iran for any of this mess.
Wha a choice of language!
Degree in creative writing?
The only truly astonishing fact is that the poor, confused man does not know the terms of the Agreement! One party left, the other implementing tools available under Agreement.
Salaries of such people must be really high. How else to explain the willingness to humiliate oneself so freely.
Iran thinks the IAEA serves Israel, spies for it, helps in sabotage against Iran.
They are probably right.
Of course they limit it.
Iran doesn’t just think, it knows IAEA serves Israel through its surrogate which is called U S of A
Iran adheres to the NPT. We opted out of the JCPOA, which voided it. Iran can do what it wants, within the guidelines of the NPT. They can say “f*ck the JCPOA, you guys opted out”.
He should be cavity searched at the airport the way many foreign dignitaries were searched in USA just because they were from 3 rd world countries or had muslim names . Then he should be asked to leave from the airport . Local airport laws should prevail as Mayor of NY city- Mr Gooliano proved by attacking Arafat while on a state visit .
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