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Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, visited Tehran on Tuesday. Mr. Grossi said after the meeting: âWe agreed to continue our joint work on clarifying a number of issuesâ¦ We also agreed to continue and deepen the dialogue with the Iranian government.
He spoke at a joint press conference with the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Mohammad Eslami.
The talks took place ahead of the resumption of negotiations on the Iran nuclear deal in Vienna at the end of the month.
Suggesting that diplomacy was succeeding in preparing for the resumption of talks, Mr Grossi said: “As you know, I have the honor to meet the Iranian foreign minister in a few hours.”
However, he noted that the talks had been “tense” throughout.
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The International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, is the global center for nuclear cooperation and seeks to promote the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies.
Speaking of the important role the IAEA plays in monitoring and controlling Iran’s nuclear program, Grossi said: âWe are continuing our negotiations at this stage with a view to finding common ground.
He went on to say that efforts would be intensified to reach an agreed conclusion, adding: âThere are a number of issues that we are working on.
âWe will step up our efforts to conclude our discussions today on a positive note. We are working very hard.
Mr. Eslami said: âIran is determined to continue its civilian nuclear activities, stressing that Tehran’s nuclear activities are in full compliance with international treaties and regulations.
He added: âWhat is of paramount importance is that Iran is determined to continue its nuclear program. The use of all aspects of nuclear technology is a priority on our agenda and the IAEA will provide assistance in this regard. “
With a population of over 80 million, Iran is seeking to improve its energy supply across the country in the wake of recent blackouts and water shortages.
Mr. Eslami said Iran intends to generate at least 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, including through small power plants with a maximum production capacity of 300 megawatts.
The Iranian official added that the IAEA will encourage and support countries that have the relevant technology and industries to help Iran increase its nuclear power production, in accordance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty, or NPT.
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Before the IAEA boss arrived, the spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry called on the organization not to allow some countries to abuse his name to achieve their own political goals.
During his weekly press conference at the ministry, Saeed Khatibzadeh said: âWe have always advised the agency to stay on the path of technical cooperation and not allow some countries to advance their political agendas and their goals. policies using the agency name. “
The spokesperson added: “I hope this trip will be constructive like the previous ones.”
Countries in the region have expressed concern that Iran is seeking a nuclear weapon.
Tehran has vehemently denied the allegation and insists its agenda is only for peaceful civilian purposes.
Iran accuses Israel of trying to destabilize Iranian nuclear talks, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA, and has singled out Tel Aviv for a series of alleged attacks on scientists and Iranian nuclear facilities.
After the assassination of scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Tehran called on the United Nations Security Council to condemn the murder and take action against those responsible.
Agnes Callamard, UN investigator into extrajudicial killings, said there were many questions surrounding the murder of Mr. Fakhrizadeh.
Speaking on Twitter after the assassination, she said the act was: âA violation of international human rights law prohibiting arbitrary deprivation of life and a violation of the United Nations Charter prohibiting recourse to extraterritorial force in peacetime.
Talks between Iran and the P4 + 1, and indirectly with the United States, are expected to resume on November 29.