The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) of Iran reaffirmed “the spirit of cooperation,” as Iran agreed to allow IAEA inspectors access to cameras at Iranian nuclear facilities.
After IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi met with AEOI vice president Mohammad Eslami, it was announced that IAEA inspectors would now be able to service “identified equipment” in Iran and replace their storage media which will be kept under the joint IAEA and AEOI seals in the country.
In the “near future” Grossi and Tehran will “hold high level consultations with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran with the aim of enhancing cooperation between Iran and the IAEA in different fields and discussing current issues of mutual interest.”
The new agreement is a big development for discussions over the Iran nuclear deal as Iran has previously prohibited the IAEA from accessing the surveillance material from its nuclear sites.
Grossi’s trip to Tehran was abruptly announced on Saturday and took place just before a meeting of the IAEA’s board of governors on Monday.
Negotiations are still being made with Iran for the country to stop its continued enrichment of uranium.
Iran breached its terms of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal – or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – after former US President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the agreement in 2018 and began sanctioning Iran.
Since the election of President Joe Biden last year, the USA has expressed interest in mending the deal, however Iran has demanded that the USA lift its sanctions and refund the confiscated money – something Biden has so far been unwilling to do.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2021.