Director general of International Atomic Energy Agency to fly to Tehran

Amid the crisis over monitoring of nuclear sites in Iran, Rafael Grossi will fly to Iran to discuss the continuation of the process 

Director general of International Atomic Energy Agency to fly to Tehran

Photo Credit: Dean Calma / IAEA

Iran invited the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Dr. Rafael Grossi, for talks in Tehran this weekend with the vice president of Iran and head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Mohammad Eslami.  

Reuters and the Wall Street Journal correspondent in Brussels reported that the visit would be short, and that Grossi is to hold a news conference on Sunday evening at Vienna airport. Grossi will have talks with the Iranians on the continuation of the discussions in Vienna on the future of the nuclear agreement.   

In the same context, what did Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid hear during his visit to Moscow several days ago? Russia's permanent representative to the IAEA in Vienna announced that Russia will vote against any draft resolution condemning Iran at this week's IAEA Board of Governors meeting, if such a resolution is put to a vote.  

Russia's TASS news agency reported that Russian Permanent Representative Mikhail Ulyanov said Friday that "There should be no illusion. If a draft resolution on Iran is tabled in the IAEA Board of Governors, Russia will vote against. There is no need for a resolution which would be not only senseless but extremely detrimental. Let’s better count on diplomacy."

Ulyanov had earlier said that Britain, France, and Germany had officially refused to put their draft resolution, including condemnation of Iran, to a vote. According to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, the draft was abandoned thanks to the efforts of Iran, Russia and China.

TASS also reported that the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has had several meetings in Vienna since April that included discussion of the prospects for the possible U.S. return to the deal, which according to TASS is "needed to ensure full compliance with the deal's terms by Iran, and issues of lifting the anti-Iranian sanctions."

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