Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is reportedly due to travel to Tehran this weekend to discuss the nuclear deal with Iran.
Three unnamed diplomats said Grossi would take the trip, and one claimed that the director general – whose organization reports to the UN – would meet with the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization on Sunday morning.
The alleged trip takes place just a day before a meeting of the IAEA board on Monday. The IAEA Board of Directors for 2021 includes the United States, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, China, India, Jan, Germany, France, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand and many other nation states.
Last month, during a discussion with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, US President Joe Biden warned Tehran that it was “Ready to turn to other options” if negotiations on the nuclear deal with Iran continue to stagnate.
Iran’s Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, Admiral Ali Shamkhani, called Biden’s comment a “Illegal threat.”
The United States and its allies have repeatedly expressed concern over Iran’s continued enrichment of uranium, pointing out that it is a “Serious bride” of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA). However, Iran only violated its own terms in the agreement after former US President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the agreement in 2018 and imposed sanctions on Iran.
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