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IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said the Agency and Iran “managed to rectify the most urgent issue, which was the imminent loss of knowledge” and has a “way forward” to discuss and resolve outstanding issues. IAEA

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DATELINE: 12 SEPTEMBER 2021, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

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12 SEPTEMBER 2021, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

1. Wide shot, Grossi walking to podium
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“I think we managed to rectify the most urgent issue, which was the imminent loss of knowledge that we were confronted with until yesterday. Now we have a solution. Let me repeat, this is very important. This is going to allow us to ensure continuity of knowledge about the inventory, the production of heavy water, rotors, bellows for centrifuges, uranium ore concentrate, very important things that would have been lost. Now, this ability to continue to count on this has been restored. And on the bigger issues, as you were referring to, we have a way forward, and I hope to be able to be seeing the highest authorities of the country, to express what I believe that must be done.”
3. Zoom out, Grossi receiving question for journalist
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“Nothing will be sidelined; nothing will be hidden from my side. But I feel that there is a new administration, an administration that has clear views, has expressed clear views on these issues. So, I, as Director General, need to sit down with them, expose the problems and discuss them. I am glad to note that they have agreed that this is the way to go, and that we are going to have meetings here in Vienna first - because, as you may have seen in the joint statement, the Vice President and head of the AEOI has decided to come to Vienna. So, we are going to be continuing that, and then I will go to Tehran to have meetings with the higher authorities of the country.”
5. Wide shot, Grossi receiving question for journalist
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“So, I believe that there is a realization that this is a situation that needs to be preserved to give space for diplomacy - as it has been the case since February - so that wider solutions can be reached. But that is not my table. That is somebody else's table. But of course, the IAEA is there, as always, to provide solutions. We are there to provide solutions, to provide a space where countries can meet halfway. And this is what the agency does, among other things.”
7. Wide shot, Grossi receiving question for journalist

STORYLINE:

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said the Agency and Iran “managed to rectify the most urgent issue, which was the imminent loss of knowledge” and has a “way forward” to discuss and resolve outstanding issues.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday (12 Sep) following a visit to Tehran, Grossi said his trip was short and constructive adding that it helped to keep process in the right direction. He said there was a major communication breakdown prior to the visit, which has since been resolved.

The IAEA chief said the Iran granted permission to IAEA inspectors to service equipment which will allowing the Agency to keep the information needed to maintain continuity of knowledge without any gaps - which will be needed once an agreement is reached at the JCPOA level.

He said, “I think we managed to rectify the most urgent issue, which was the imminent loss of knowledge that we were confronted with until yesterday. Now we have a solution. Let me repeat, this is very important. This is going to allow us to ensure continuity of knowledge about the inventory, the production of heavy water, rotors, bellows for centrifuges, uranium ore concentrate, very important things that would have been lost. Now, this ability to continue to count on this has been restored. And on the bigger issues, as you were referring to, we have a way forward, and I hope to be able to be seeing the highest authorities of the country, to express what I believe that must be done.”

Grossi said there is a new government in Iran and further discussions are needed to resolve outstanding issues. He noted that the Agency had certain agreements with the previous administration and now what is needed is for the new government to either recommit to them or change them in a way that leads to a solution.

Grossi said he received a cordial invitation to return to Iran very soon to met with the country’s top leaders. He said the agreement between the IAEA and Iran, which has been in effect since February, cannot be a permanent or long-term solution, but it represents a stop gap to allow time for diplomacy without losing the basic information and data needed.

The IAEA chief recognized that a long time has passed since the Agency brought outstanding issues to the attention of Iran and others arose. However, he stressed “Nothing will be sidelined; nothing will be hidden from my side. But I feel that there is a new administration, an administration that has clear views, has expressed clear views on these issues. So, I, as Director-General, need to sit down with them, expose the problems and discuss them. I am glad to note that they have agreed that this is the way to go, and that we are going to have meetings here in Vienna first - because, as you may have seen in the joint statement, the Vice President and head of the AEOI has decided to come to Vienna. So, we are going to be continuing that, and then I will go to Tehran to have meetings with the higher authorities of the country.”

Grossi said the servicing of the equipment would start very soon adding that his discussion with the new head of the Atomic Energy Agency of the Islamic Republic of Iran (AEOI) were frank and honest. He said, “I believe that there is a realization that this is a situation that needs to be preserved to give space for diplomacy - as it has been the case since February - so that wider solutions can be reached. But that is not my table. That is somebody else's table. But of course, the IAEA is there, as always, to provide solutions. We are there to provide solutions, to provide a space where countries can meet halfway. And this is what the agency does, among other things.”
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