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FM Spox sees progress in Iran-IAEA talks

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Dec 15, 2021

Tehran, IRNA -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that the talks between the head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and the director-general of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have led to progress and gaps over several issues have narrowed.

"I don't want to go into details but I can anticipate that the two sides reach an understanding soon," he said in an interview with Iran's Press TV on Tuesday.

IAEA chief Rafael Grossi had told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the restrictions faced by his inspectors in Iran threaten to give the world only a "very blurred image" of Tehran's nuclear program.

"The reality is that we are dealing with a very different Iran," he said. "2022 is so different from 2015 that there will have to be adjustments that take into consideration these new realities so our inspectors can inspect whatever the countries agree at the political table."

The IAEA has been asking for access to a nuclear site that came under a sabotage attack in June. That's the Centrifuge Component Manufacturing Workshop at the Tesa Karaj Complex.

The two sides agreed in earlier in December to overhaul the cameras and replace the memory cards of specified equipment.

However, the IAEA has made demands beyond that agreement and Iran has stated that the facility is still under investigation due to the sabotage and its monitoring equipment isn't subject to the agreement with the IAEA.


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