The long-entrenched nuclear dispute between Iran and the West appears to be loosening again. According to information from international news agencies, the Vienna-based UN nuclear energy agency (IAEA) will be allowed to service and exchange storage media in the surveillance cameras in the Iranian nuclear plants.
The agencies were quoting a joint statement from the IAEA and the Iranian nuclear agency.
The execution and the timetable still needed to be discussed by both sides, said the statement. Iranian agency head Mohammad Eslami confirmed this, according to the Iranian news agency ILNA.
Eslami previously spoke with IAEA head Rafael Grossi in the Iranian capital Tehran. According to the joint statement, “the parties recalled the spirit of cooperation and respective trust.”
After returning to the IAEA headquarters in Vienna on Sunday night, Grossi said that he was pleased. The agreement meant that the most urgent problem was solved. There was now “room for diplomacy,” so that more comprehensive solutions could be met, said Grossi at Vienna airport. The IAEA head added that this was not yet a long-term solution for monitoring the Iranian nuclear plants.
Since April, the various parties have been fighting to revive the nuclear agreement aimed at preventing Iran from building nuclear weapons. Under former President Donald Trump, the US unilaterally left the deal, which had taken over a decade to negotiate. Iran responded by starting to violate the terms of its agreement. US secretary of state Antony Blinken recently warned that the time for reviving the agreement was growing short.
Reported in cooperation with the Austrian Press Agency / APA.