In Iran, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency began talks on the nuclear issue

Tehran | An official source announced that the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency began talks with the Iranian authorities in Tehran, on Tuesday, a week before the resumption of negotiations in Vienna with the major powers on the nuclear agreement.

IRNA reported that Rafael Grossi, who arrived in the Iranian capital on Monday evening, met this morning with the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Mohammad Eslami.

He is then scheduled to meet for the first time with the Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, who is responsible for the political aspect of the nuclear issue since the new government took power.

The talks come a week before talks between Iran and world powers resume in Vienna on November 29, in an attempt to salvage the 2015 agreement that is supposed to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

A few hours before Mr. Grossi’s visit, Iran’s diplomatic spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh, wished for a “constructive” meeting with the UN nuclear gendarmerie.

“We have always advised the IAEA to stay on the path of technical cooperation and not allow some countries to pursue their political goals on behalf of the IAEA,” he said.

Grossi’s visit comes after the International Atomic Energy Agency announced on Wednesday a marked increase in Tehran’s stockpile of highly enriched uranium, in response to Washington’s reimposition of sanctions in 2018.

The Vienna agreement, concluded in 2015 between Iran on the one hand and the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, France and Germany on the other, offered Tehran to lift part of the international sanctions choking its economy in exchange for reducing its nuclear programme, under strict UN oversight.

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But Washington left the agreement unilaterally in 2018 under President Donald Trump, and reimposed sanctions on Tehran. In return, Iran gradually abandoned its commitments.

Mr. Grossi’s last visit to Tehran dates back to 12 September, and he had only met the President of the OIEA.

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