IAEA / GROSSI PRESS CONFERENCE

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IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said his Agency has reach an agreement with Iran to hold talks aimed at clarifying a number of outstanding issues adding that his goal was to reach a “far more clear understanding of these issues by the summer or before.” IAEA

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STORY: IAEA / GROSSI PRESS CONFERENCE
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DATELINE: 04 MARCH 2021, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

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04 MARCH 2021, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

1. Pan right, Grossi approaching podium
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“Of the two things one, either you continue with this, you know like, marry-go-round that can last for a long time, or you try something else. And what I said to our Iranian counterparts in Tehran is that I felt that we needed to try to discuss this in a different way; sit down around the table as we have done in the past with our technical findings, with our technical doubts and questions, and compare notes.; do it, you know, with a sense of solution or solving them instead of limiting ourselves to reiterate things.”
3. Wide shot, Grossi at podium
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“I'm clearly aiming at having a far more clear understanding of these issues by the summer or before. I think this is possible. This is not something that is impossible. We had information. We want to compare it with our Iranian counterparts. We have a few questions to put to them. And if there is good will, I'm sure we will be able to be in a much better place. I don't know if to solve it. I shouldn't talk about the facts, but this is my aspiration really.”
5. Wide shot, Grossi at podium
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“What we have done this week, really, is to make progress, concrete progress. We've confirmed what we had. We consolidated what we had, and now we are looking into a concrete way to solve a group of issues, a family of issues, that is proving quite intractable. So, in terms of our work to clarify the situation, in terms of our non-proliferation efforts, it is clearly a gain, a gain that we are achieving by opening this door. It's about – you know for me it's about opening doors and preventing doors from shutting.”
7. Wide shot, Grossi at podium
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“I don't think I have the right to stop my work or to throw the towel. It's my professional obligation to continue, to continue, and to continue. And I don't know if there will be a solution on these matters this time around, but what we are doing is facilitating. We are opening technical channels which is what we can do. We are not on the political level. This is something to be seen by countries among themselves. What we are doing is offering technical avenues, technical channels, through which these issues can be solved hopefully.”
9. Pan left, Grossi leaving podium

STORYLINE:

IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said his Agency has reach an agreement with Iran to hold talks aimed at clarifying a number of outstanding issues adding that his goal was to reach a “far more clear understanding of these issues by the summer or before.”

Speaking to reporters in Vienna today (4 Mar), Grossi said the agreement was reached after intensive consultations adding that the first technical meeting is expected to take place at the beginning of April in Iran. He hoped that the meeting would be followed by other technical and political meetings as agreed by both sides a noted that his intention was to try to come to a satisfactory outcome in time for the next regular session of the IAEA Board of Governors meeting in June.

The IAEA chief said, “I'm clearly aiming at having a far more clear understanding of these issues by the summer or before. I think this is possible. This is not something that is impossible. We had information. We want to compare it with our Iranian counterparts. We have a few questions to put to them. And if there is good will, I'm sure we will be able to be in a much better place. I don't know if to solve it. I shouldn't talk about the facts, but this is my aspiration really.”

Grossi said it was important to go beyond the exchange of letter between the IAEA and Iran on the set of issues which he said seemed like talking past each other. He said, thus far, the explanations IAEA received from Iran on the issues raised were repeatedly not technically credible in some cases.

He said, “Of the two things one, either you continue with this, you know like, merry-go-round that can last for a long time, or you try something else. And what I said to our Iranian counterparts in Tehran is that I felt that we needed to try to discuss this in a different way; sit down around the table as we have done in the past with our technical findings, with our technical doubts and questions, and compare notes.; do it, you know, with a sense of solution or solving them instead of limiting ourselves to reiterate things.”

The Head of the IAEA said this agreement is in parallel to technical understanding reached with Iran in February which is being enforced and will continue for 90 days or until there is a political agreement if one is established

He said, “What we have done this week, really, is to make progress, concrete progress. We've confirmed what we had. We consolidated what we had, and now we are looking into a concrete way to solve a group of issues, a family of issues, that is proving quite intractable. So, in terms of our work to clarify the situation, in terms of our non-proliferation efforts, it is clearly a gain, a gain that we are achieving by opening this door. It's about – you know for me it's about opening doors and preventing doors from shutting.”

Responding to question Grossi said he did not have the right to stop his work or “to throw the towel.” He added, “It's my professional obligation to continue, to continue, and to continue. And I don't know if there will be a solution on these matters this time around, but what we are doing is facilitating. We are opening technical channels which is what we can do. We are not on the political level. This is something to be seen by countries among themselves. What we are doing is offering technical avenues, technical channels, through which these issues can be solved hopefully.”
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