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Unveiling Great Expectations: UN Nuclear Chief Set to Hold Talks With Iran


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A cooperative atmosphere prevails in the nuclear talks with Iran, according to the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, who traveled to Tehran on Friday after the discovery of highly enriched uranium in the Islamic Republic, while talks were under way with Iran. On two sets of important issues including the science sector, there were “high expectations” about the process.

Rafael Grossi initiated meetings, in Tehran on Friday, that diplomats said were aimed at getting Iran to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency’s investigation into traces of uranium found at undeclared sites that were enriched near nuclear weapons.

“Globally, there are two sets of issues that are important. And there are obviously high expectations about our joint work in order to move forward with respect to the issues that Iran and the IAEA are working on, and to clarify and provide credible assurances about Iran’s nuclear program,” Grossi told reporters in Tehran.

Speaking alongside Mohammad Eslami, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, he said: “The second set of issues, which are very important, are related to the scientific and technical cooperation that we have and will continue to engage with Iran.”

Grossi said the talks were taking place in an “atmosphere of business, honesty and cooperation”.

His visit comes amid contacts with Tehran regarding the origin of uranium particles enriched to 83.7% purity, which is very close to the 90% threshold for weaponization, in the underground Fordow uranium enrichment plant, according to a report by the United Nations nuclear watchdog. Reuters.

On Wednesday, an Islamist said the Islamic Republic is enriching uranium to up to 60% fissile strength.

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