IAEA Chief Says Still Hopeful For Iran Nuclear Deal In Vienna

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Tuesday that still there is room for a deal between Iran and world powers to revive the 2015 nuclear pact.

“We are, of course, still hopeful that some agreement is going to be reached within a reasonable time frame,” head of IAEA, Rafel Grossi said, but warned that the window of opportunity could be closed anytime.

Speaking to the European Parliament Committee via webstream, Grossi said he also told Iran that the country was not being transparent enough about its nuclear activities.   

According to Grossi, the IAEA has identified traces of enriched uranium in places that Iran did not inform the agency or declare it.

Grossi’s remarks came when Enrique Mora, the European Union Deputy Foreign Policy Chief and Vienna Talks Coordinator was expected to visit Iran on Friday aimed at breaking the deadlock in the talks between Iran and the P4+1 group to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Mora is expected to meet with Iranian officials and hold meetings on nuclear talks between the US and other western powers.

Iran and the P4+1 namely Russia, China, UK, France, and Germany directly and US indirectly have been engaged in several rounds of talks in Vienna to revive Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, in which the former US President Donald Trump withdrew from it in 2018.

It has been for two months since the suspension of Vienna talks and the negotiators returned to their capitals for further consultations.


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