UN nuclear watchdog head: Iran has failed to answer questions about uranium discovered at three sites
by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi announced Monday that the Iranian government has failed to answer questions about the discovery of uranium particles at three sites that may have been connected to Iran’s nuclear program, the Times of Israel reports. Grossi called on Iran to provide the required information without further delay.
In regard to questions about the three sites, Grossi said in March that Iran had agreed to talk with international technical experts investigating the discovery of uranium there, and that he hoped to “come to some satisfactory outcome” by the time of the IAEA’s board of governors meeting in June.
However, at that board meeting on Monday, Grossi told IAEA governors that “after many months, Iran has not provided the necessary explanation for the presence of the nuclear material particles at any of the three locations where the agency has conducted complementary accesses.”
“The lack of progress in clarifying the agency’s questions concerning the correctness and completeness of Iran’s safeguards declarations seriously affects the ability of the agency to provide assurance of the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program,” Grossi added.
Iran’s latest intransigence cooperating with the IAEA is a separate matter from ongoing talks in Vienna about reviving the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Iran deal: former President Trump pulled the US out of the agreement in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran, and the Iranian regime subsequently announced it is enriching uranium far beyond the original terms of the deal.
US President Biden has said he is interested in rejoining the agreement if Iran abides by its terms; Iran says the US must first lift its sanctions.
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