Time is running out for the UN atomic watchdog to gain access to reinstall cameras in a centrifuge parts workshop in Iran, as the agency will soon be unable to guarantee that equipment will not be diverted to make atomic bombs, he said. your boss on Wednesday. .
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, spoke the day after a trip to Tehran in which he said that he did not advance in several disputes, the most urgent of which is to access the workshop at the TESA complex. Karaj two months later. Iran promised to grant it.
The shop makes parts for advanced centrifuges, machines that enrich uranium, and was the victim of an apparent sabotage in June. Tehran blames Israel for what it says was an attack, which destroyed one of the four IAEA chambers there. Iran then removed all cameras and footage from the destroyed camera is missing.
“We are close to the point where he could not guarantee continuity of knowledge,” Grossi told a news conference on the first day of a quarterly meeting of his agency’s 35-country Board of Governors.
That would mean there was a gap in the IAEA’s oversight of sensitive facilities, during which a significant amount of material or equipment could be diverted to a secret nuclear weapons program.
The IAEA has repeatedly said it has no indication that Iran has a secret weapons program, and Iran insists its objectives are peaceful. But Grossi said he does not yet know whether or not Karaj is operational five months after the apparent attack.
“It’s obvious that such a long period without us having access, knowing if there are ongoing operational activities, is something that in itself would at some point prevent me from continuing to say ‘I have an idea of what’s going on,'” Grossi said.
The spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization told the semi-official Fars news agency on Wednesday that Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog agreed to continue consultations.
“The talks between the head of the agency, Rafael Grossi, and Iranian officials in Tehran took place in a constructive atmosphere and the two sides reached a general agreement on how to address the issues of concern,” added Behrouz Kamalvandi.
The problem is a complicating factor ahead of the indirect talks between the United States and Iran on the reactivation of the 2015 nuclear deal with major powers that will resume in Vienna on Monday.
The United States and its European allies would normally pressure Iran on the issue by trying to pass a resolution against it at the IAEA’s quarterly meeting.
However, diplomats say such an attempt is unlikely this time for fear of jeopardizing talks aimed at bringing Tehran and the United States back to full compliance with the 2015 deal.
That deal lifted international sanctions against Tehran in exchange for restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities, but currently little remains of the pact in practice.
Former President Donald Trump, who vehemently opposed the agreement reached before taking office, withdrew Washington from the agreement and re-imposed US sanctions on Iran, prompting Iran to progressively violate its restrictions and continue to advance its activities. nuclear.