‘Good words’ not enough, IAEA hopes for transparency from Iran
The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog said on Tuesday Iran’s “good words” were not enough to satisfy international inspectors and he hoped Tehran was prepared to be transparent about its nuclear program, which “moving very, very fast”.
International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi has spoken out about the IAEA’s role in monitoring any relaunch of Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers under which it curbed its nuclear program in exchange for an easing of economic sanctions.
Iran and the United States have so far failed to resuscitate the deal and Grossi said Iran must grant IAEA inspectors access “proportionate to the size” of its investigation program. uranium enrichment if the agency wants to credibly guarantee that it is peaceful.
“When it comes to nuclear, the right words won’t be enough. What you need to do is be transparent and compliant and work with us. We are ready and I hope they will be too,” said Magnified to reporters at the United Nations. .
“They have a very ambitious nuclear program that needs to be vetted in the proper way. The program is moving very, very fast and not just forward but also sideways as it grows in ambition and capacity.”
Then-US President Donald Trump reneged on the nuclear deal in 2018, reinstating tough US sanctions designed to curtail Iran’s oil exports and prompting Tehran to start dropping nuclear limits on the deal about a year later.
On Monday, the head of Iran’s nuclear energy organization said it had the technical capability to produce an atomic bomb, but had no intention of doing so.
Iran is already enriching uranium to 60% fissile purity, well above the 3.67% cap set under the now-tattered 2015 deal. suitable for a nuclear bomb.