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IAEA says it has no communication with Iran’s new government

IAEA says it has no communication with Iran’s new government
posted onNovember 13, 2021

The head of the UN nuclear watchdog announced he hasn’t heard from the government of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi about the country’s nuclear activities.

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, on Friday expressed his concerns about the fact that the IAEA has yet to be contacted by Iran's new government to discuss several serious disputes regarding nuclear activities.

"I have not had any contact with this government ... that has been there for more than five months," Grossi told reporters on the sidelines of a conference on nuclear security on Friday.

"I think that we should have had this contact much earlier… There's a long list of things we need to discuss," he said.

According to the IAEA chief, the only exceptions had been "technical conversations" with Iran's new atomic energy chief, Mohammad Eslami.

Iran has blocked the IAEA from fully monitoring nuclear activities in recent months. The move prompted Grossi to visit Tehran in September to conduct talks with top officials.

After Grossi's visit, the IAEA said it had been denied "indispensable" access to a centrifuge component-manufacturing workshop where it wanted to service monitoring equipment such as cameras, despite an earlier agreement.