US News Iran hopes a "constructive" meeting with the head of the IAEA

04:05  23 november  2021
04:05  23 november  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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The Iran has desired Monday a "constructive" meeting with the head of the International Agency Atomic energy (IAEA) and rejected Washington's military threats, a week of the talks planned for Vienna to try to save the Iranian nuclear agreement.

"We hope that the visit of Rafael Grosse will be as constructive as the previous ones," said the spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Said Khatibzadeh, at a few hours from the arrival in Tehran from the head of the Nuclear Division.

"We have always advised IAEA to stay on the path of technical cooperation and not letting some countries continue their political goals on behalf of the IAEA," he added.

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Mr. Grosfi arrived Monday night in Tehran where he was welcomed by the Iranian Organization of Atomic Energy (OIEA), Behrouz Kamalvandi, according to the official IRNA agency.

He must meet on Tuesday the head of the IOEA, Mohammad Eslami, and the head of Iranian diplomacy Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

These interviews take place a week before the recovery in Vienna from the discussions between Iran and the great powers to try to save the Iranian nuclear agreement, interrupted since the arrival in June of the Iranian President Ebrahim Raisf.

The Vienna Agreement, concluded in 2015 between Iran on the one hand and the United States , the United Kingdom , China, Russia, France and Germany on the other, Offered to Tehran the lifting of a portion of the international sanctions strangling its economy in exchange for a drastic reduction of its nuclear program, placed under a strict control of the United Nations.

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But the United States unilaterally left the agreement in 2018 under the chairmanship of Donald Trump, and restored their sanctions against Tehran, accused of seeking atomic weapon under cover of civilian nuclear program. In return, Iran, which denies having such intentions, gradually abandoned its commitments.

The current US President Joe Biden said he was ready to return to the Covenant, provided that Iran returns in parallel with the restrictions on his nuclear program.

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"If Iran continues at this rate, the moment will come when it will be impossible to benefit even by returning to the agreement," said the American emissary Rob Malley on Friday, during a Security Conference in Bahrain.

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The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson accused the United States to conduct a psychological campaign against his country.

"think that with these affirmations, they (Americans) can sell a false story to the international community to create a psychological atmosphere at the approach of Vienna talks will not help them at all," said Khatibzadeh .

Saturday, the US Secretary to Defense Lloyd Austin said that all options were on the table, especially if diplomacy failed to supervise Iran's nuclear power.

Asked about the possibility of American military intervention, the Iranian Foreign Affairs spokesman has ironized: "We saw all their options in a country like Afghanistan and they saw the result of these options. I think that they do not believe that they say ".

In August, the United States ended the confusion to 20 years of occupation of Afghanistan, while the Taliban resumed power in Kabul.

Mr. Khatibzadeh assured that Iran would go to Vienna "with a full team and a serious desire to lift the sanctions. The other parties should also try to come to Vienna to achieve a practical and global agreement".

The Vienna negotiations will involve Tehran and other countries still parties to the Agreement (Germany, China, France, United Kingdom, Russia). The United States will participate indirectly in the discussions.

The last visit of Mr. Grossi to Tehran dates back to September 12. He had then met with the head of the IOEA with whom he negotiated an agreement on the maintenance of Iranian nuclear program monitoring equipment.

On November 12th he had regretted the lack of contact with the new government, hoping to travel to Tehran before a Board of Governors of the IAEA that opens on November 24.

23/11/2021 00:33:09 - Tehran (AFP) - © 2021 AFP

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