The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in the European Union, Josep Borrell, said that the interim agreement reached between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency “provides the agency with an adequate level of inspection and monitoring during the coming months and gives an opportunity to revive the diplomatic track.”
Under a law passed by the Iranian Shura Council last December, the Iranian government is required to suspend the voluntary application of the additional protocol to the Treaty on the Limitation of Nuclear Weapons, in the event that Washington does not lift the sanctions by February 21, and this will restrict some aspects of the activities of the agency’s inspectors that have been informed by Tehran of entering the step It takes effect on the 23 of it.
The Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, had announced since Sunday that a “temporary solution” would be reached that would allow the agency to continue inspections in Iran, despite Tehran beginning to reduce the work of international inspectors as of Tuesday.
“What we have agreed on is something viable, it is worthwhile to bridge this gap that we are facing now, this saves the situation now,” Grossi said upon his return from a visit to Tehran, where he held talks with officials there.
“I must say that I greatly appreciate the efforts of the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, and we support the understanding the agency reached with Iran. I was in contact with Mr. Rafael Grossi before he went to Iran regarding the conclusion of the agreement,” Borrell said.
He pointed out that this temporary agreement “gives diplomacy an opportunity, and gives the possibility to re-start looking into the file and the ability to make everyone sit again at the table in order to implement the proposal submitted by the United States to return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” explaining that “this is a decision. Very important “and considering that” returning to the JCPOA is much more difficult than returning to the Climate Agreement, because returning to the Climate Agreement is not controversial, while going to implement the JCPOA is something that requires everyone’s approval, I cannot go into details. ” Because these diplomatic communications should be secret, but I am reasonably optimistic. “
Josep Borrell also expressed “cautious optimism” about the possibilities of reviving negotiations aimed at salvaging the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, after a compromise was reached with Tehran that would allow the International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors to continue their operations.
Iran backed away from pledges made under the nuclear deal after Washington unilaterally withdrew from it under former US President Donald Trump in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic that had strained its economy.
Borrell, who is also in charge of coordinating the work of the joint committee of the 2015 agreement, hopes to bring all parties involved in it together around the negotiating table.
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