The Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, said that he seeks common ground to enhance dialogue in talks with Iranian officials, while Israel reiterated its non-compliance with the nuclear agreement with Iran and that it will not slacken in responding to it.
Today, Tuesday, Grossi began talks in Tehran, and the visit comes after his positions on Iran’s reduction of cooperation with the agency, and days before the date of the resumption of talks by holding the seventh round in Vienna, scheduled for the 29th of this month.
The official “IRNA” agency reported that Grossi, a day after his arrival in Tehran, began talks with the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Mohammad Eslami.
He is scheduled to meet later for the first time with Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, who is responsible for the nuclear file in the new Iranian government.
“We are working seriously to enhance dialogue with Iran and achieve positive results today,” Grossi said, adding that “all files between Iran and the IAEA are technical, not political.”
Save the deal
The talks come ahead of the resumption of negotiations scheduled for next Monday between Tehran and major powers with the aim of salvaging the 2015 agreement that allowed for the lifting of many sanctions imposed on Iran in exchange for limiting its nuclear activities and ensuring the peace of its program.
Hours before Grossi’s arrival, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh expressed his hope that the visit would be “constructive.”
Grossi’s visit comes after the IAEA announced last Wednesday that Iran had increased its stockpile of highly enriched uranium by more than the ceiling set in the 2015 agreement.
Iran has begun to abandon some of its commitments stipulated in the agreement since 2019, a year after former US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the agreement and his administration reimposed sanctions on Tehran.
The current US President Joe Biden is seeking to return Washington to the agreement, while Tehran is demanding the lifting of all sanctions imposed or re-imposed by Washington since 2017.
In this context, US State Department spokesman Ned Price stressed that Washington will not take any unilateral action, such as easing sanctions imposed on Iran, only in order to return to the negotiating table.
Price emphasized that compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal is in everyone’s interest, including Tehran.
The Israeli position
On the other hand, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that Israel would not be bound by the nuclear agreement with Iran, even if the major powers returned to work under it.
At a conference hosted by Reichsman University in Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv, he said that Israel would reserve its right to act against Iran, and if the countries of the world slackened, Israel would not slacken and it was obligated to maintain freedom of action against Iran in any case and in any political circumstance.
He added that Iran surrounded Israel and that Tel Aviv should pursue the sender of terrorists, not just the terrorist.
He described the Iranian regime as in a state of calcification and useless, and that its economy is weak and its administration is corrupt, and that it controls its control by force of arm and intimidation, and that it can be touched more than is believed, he said.