The Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency convened in Vienna, a week before the resumption of nuclear talks between Iran and the powers on the return of Iran and the United States to the nuclear deal signed in 2015. IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi reported at the opening of the session in Tehran Foreign Minister Amir Abdullahian and the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization regarding the resumption of work of the agency’s inspectors at the Iranian facilities ended “without results.”
He said this should affect the talks that will open next week. “We are close to a point where I can not ensure the continuity of the information coming from the Iranian facilities,” he said. “The conversations themselves were positive. They listened to me. I will not stop trying, because the issue is very important.”
The Iranian foreign minister sounded much more optimistic and in a conversation with his Chinese counterpart claimed: “We have reached an agreement in principle to resolve the technical issues with the IAEA during the visit and will work to issue a joint statement as soon as possible. Iran will open talks in Vienna with a full desire to reach a good deal. “If the United States and the Europeans come to Vienna with the full will to meet their commitments, it will be possible to reach a quick agreement.”
Last night he wrote on Twitter: “In warm and fruitful conversations, Rafael Grossi and I reached a good agreement on continued cooperation. However, to reach a written document we are required to work on a few words. A possible agreement. Politicization of technical matters is not helpful. To sign a document on us Hold a meeting soon. “
On the other hand, the US envoy for Iran’s affairs, Rob Mali, said in an interview with public radio: “The United States will not sit idly by if Iran does not show goodwill in the negotiations to save the nuclear deal. If they decide not to return to the agreement, we will consider other means, diplomatic and other, to confront Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The options available to the US are “recognized”.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagri, who will head the Iranian delegation for talks, has meanwhile visited the United Arab Emirates and said that Iran intends to “open a new page” in its relations with them.