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IAEA Director: Technical discussions with Iran have not yielded the expected results


Rafael Grossi, Director-General of the Atomic Energy Agency, expressed his concern that the technical discussions between the agency and Iran did not produce the expected results, and this resulted in the lack of progress in clarifying the safeguards issues related to the nuclear program.


Grossi said - in his speech today, Monday, at the opening of the IAEA Board of Governors meeting - that he reiterates Iran's demand to clarify its position and resolve the issues without further delay by providing information, documents and answers to the Agency's questions.


Grossi added that the lack of progress in clarifying the agency's questions regarding the validity and completeness of Iran's safeguards declarations seriously affects the agency's ability to provide assurances about the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program, and that the number of countries with valid safeguards agreements is 185, of which 137 have entered the Additional Protocols. into force.


Grossi called on states parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons - without the applicable comprehensive safeguards agreements - to enter these agreements into force without delay, and also called on states that have not yet concluded additional protocols to do so as soon as possible.


Grossi noted that the agency also continues to monitor the nuclear program of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and that activities remain a matter of grave concern, and the continuation of the North Korean nuclear program is a clear violation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions, which is very unfortunate, calling on the Korean government to comply full of its obligations under Security Council resolutions and to cooperate expeditiously with the Agency.

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