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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova's comment on important advances in IAEA-Iran interaction

16 December 2021 16:01

On December 15, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi reported to the IAEA Board of Governors about the agreements reached with Iran on a number of fundamental matters related to IAEA verification activities in Iran.

In particular, the issues at hand include continuing interaction on safeguards, including the exchange of information and contacts between experts, the provision of samples of the CCTV cameras used by the IAEA for the necessary analysis to the Iranian authorities, and most importantly, the reinstallation of such cameras at the plant which produces centrifugal rotors in Karaj. All of the above will be carried out within the agreed upon timeframe.

We welcome these agreements. We support the mutual commitment of the IAEA and Iran to continue cooperating both within the framework of the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement and under the requirements of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and in light of UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

The good news is now more important than ever in terms of stimulating the ongoing talks in Vienna, which resumed on November 29, to re-establish the full implementation of the JCPOA, which continue almost without interruption. We hope that through the joint efforts of all parties involved and with the support of the IAEA, the difficulties in the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal will be overcome, and tensions surrounding the Iranian nuclear programme will subside, which is fully in line with the interests of non-proliferation and strengthening security at the regional and global levels.

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