Vienna (IP): The Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency said that for effective oversight of Iran's nuclear program, "political conditions" must be overcome, and this depends on the cooperation of all parties.

Iran PressEurope: Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, in an interview with the Associated Press on Wednesday, stressed the IAEA's continued work, both in inspecting Iran's nuclear facilities and in pursuing responses related to its past nuclear activities.

Referring to activities done by Iran before 2003 on sites where the IAEA claims to have later found traces of uranium, Grossi said that the agency is still trying to clarify answers from Tehran on outstanding questions involving traces of human-made enriched uranium three sites in the country.

It is noteworthy that Iran is scheduled to address the Agency's concerns by June 31, 2022.

He also acknowledged Iran’s ability to enrich uranium using more advanced centrifuges.

After an Israeli attack, AP reported, Tehran recently moved a centrifuge workshop to its underground Natanz nuclear facility.

“They are transferring the centrifuge producing capacity to a place where they feel they are more protected,” Grossi said.

The Karaj nuclear facility, which made components for centrifuges used to enrich uranium, suffered casualties on June 23, 2021, the attack carried out by Zionist elements.

The director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency noted that the new plant in Natanz also reflects the growth of Iran's nuclear program. He confirmed:" No new activity has been done, but Iran's production lines and production capacities are expanding."

He told the Associated Press that the actual value of the temporary access arrangements that have been agreed upon with the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran since March 2020 would only be realized if JCPOA returns to its place; When the Agency can retrieve all data contained in its surveillance equipment, including camera information available at Iran's nuclear sites.

You know that access to information is part of my understanding with Iran, which has that information," Grossi said. They will send us this information as soon as The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is applied.

"If the JCPOA talks are going to fail, which I do not want to imagine, but this is a possibility, then I have to sit down with my Iranian counterparts and reconsider."

He, who has been in charge of this position since December 2020, acknowledged that "efforts to make this process successful are not easy."

"There is a political climate around this issue, and I do not deny that Iran and others, of course, look at what is happening elsewhere and measure their reactions to it," Grossi said.

"My job is to focus on this, to insist, to be very curious in our questions, and to try to reach a transparency."

"I am confident that it will be very useful if we get there," said the International Atomic Energy Agency director-general. Failure to do so may result in further complications. "So I hope this is enough incentive for all parties to work together."


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