The nuclear dispute with Iran, which has been stalled for a long time, is evidently moving. The UN Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will in future be allowed to maintain its surveillance cameras in Iranian nuclear facilities and exchange storage media, according to a joint statement by the IAEA and the local atomic energy authority on Sunday.
“The way and the schedule are still to be agreed by both sides,” it said. Iran’s chief executive Mohammad Eslami confirmed this. “We have agreed on the exchange of memory cards from the agency’s cameras,” he was quoted by the semi-official ILNA news agency.
Eslami had previously spoken to IAEA chief Rafael Grossi in the capital Tehran. “At this meeting, the parties recalled the spirit of cooperation and mutual trust,” said the joint statement. This confirms the will to continue the dialogue. Grossi is expected to hold talks in Tehran again soon, “in order to hold high-level consultations with the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” Its aim is to strengthen cooperation “and to discuss current issues of mutual interest”.
Grossi expressed satisfaction after his return to the IAEA headquarters in Vienna on Sunday evening. With the agreement, the most urgent problem is solved. There is now “room for diplomacy” so that more comprehensive solutions can be achieved, said Grossi at Vienna Airport.
However, the IAEA chief restricted that Tehran and the IAEA had not yet reached a permanent solution for monitoring the Iranian nuclear facilities. Atomic Energy Agency inspectors would still not have access to the data stored by the devices. “That cannot be a permanent solution,” said Grossi
The EU coordinator responsible for the nuclear talks, Enrique Mora, assessed the agreement on video surveillance positively. You give room for diplomacy, he wrote on Twitter.
Since April attempts have been made to revive the nuclear deal, which is supposed to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons. Under ex-President Donald Trump, the United States had unilaterally dropped out and imposed sanctions on Iran. This then began to violate the conditions of the agreement. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently warned that the time for a revival of the agreement was running out.