IAEA chief visits Iran

The head of the UN nuclear watchdog body has met Iran’s atomic energy chief to discuss inspectors’ access to some of Iran’s nuclear facilities.

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi is making his first visit to Iran since he took office in December.

He met with the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, on Tuesday.

They discussed UN inspectors’ access to two of Iran’s nuclear facilities, where Tehran so far has refused IAEA inspections. Iran is suspected of storing undeclared nuclear material there.

After the meeting, Grossi tweeted “We are working on reaching an agreement.”

Salehi said a new chapter has begun between Iran and the IAEA, but did not make clear whether they would allow inspectors access.

Grossi later met Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The IAEA chief is scheduled to meet President on Wednesday.

Under the 2015 nuclear deal, sanctions against Iran were lifted in return for limiting nuclear development. But the US President unilaterally withdrew from the agreement in 2018.

The United States is repeatedly criticizing Iran for its rejection of inspections, and increasing pressure to reinstate UN sanctions.

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