He director of the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA), Rafael Grossiarrives this Friday at Tehran to talk about iranian nuclear programafter the discovery of enriched uranium particles close to the level needed to make an atomic bomb.
Rafael Grossi is scheduled to meet on Saturday with several Iranian leaders, including the president Ebrahim Raisiindicated diplomatic sources in Vienna, where this UN agency is based.
According to a confidential IAEA report to which he had access AFP on Tuesday, particles of enriched uranium were found in the 83.7%just below 90% required to make a atomic bombin the underground plant of fordoabout 100 km south of Tehran.
Iran denies wanting to acquire the nuclear bomb, and justified itself by saying that there was “involuntary fluctuations” in the enrichment process.
The Islamic republic has claimed it has made no attempt to enrich uranium beyond 60%, and insists its nuclear program is purely civilian.
During his visit, Grossi will try to find out more and obtain reinforced access to the facility “and a increase in the number of inspections”, according to a diplomatic source in Vienna.
The Argentine diplomat will speak to the press upon his return to Vienna on Saturday night, the IAEA said.
This short visit comes almost a year after Grossi’s last trip to Tehran in March 2022, when an agreement seemed possible to resume negotiations between the great powers and Iran over its nuclear program.
In a geopolitical context disrupted by the war in Ukraine, the opportunity failed, however. And since then concern has not stopped growing United States, Europe and Israel about the possibility that Iran is capable of producing atomic bombs.
In this context, the IAEA director wants to “relaunch the dialogue” after months of deterioration.
Iran has increasingly reneged on the terms of the 2015 deal to limit its atomic activities in exchange for a lifting of international sanctions against it.
The agreement has been at a standstill since the United States, under the presidency of donald trumpHe decided withdraw unilaterally of the same in 2018.
(With information from EFE)
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