IAEA / GROSSI GENERAL CONFERENCE

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IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said he hoped to be in Tehran “very soon to address these pressing matters that will provide the necessary assurances to the world that there is no concern and also pave the way for other important diplomatic efforts which are needed to come to a satisfactory situation when it comes to the nuclear programme in the Islamic Republic of Iran.” IAEA

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DATELINE: 20 SEPTEMBER 2021, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

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20 SEPTEMBER 2021, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

1. Wide shot, IAEA headquarters exterior
2. Wide shot, signage for IAEA General Conference
3. Wide shot, Grossi addressing General Conference
4. Med shot, Iranian delegation
5. Close up, placard for Islamic Republic of Iran
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“I hope to be in Tehran very soon to address these pressing matters that will provide the necessary assurances to the world that there is no concern and also pave the way for other important diplomatic efforts which are needed to come to a satisfactory situation when it comes to the nuclear programme in the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
7. Wide shot, IAEA General Conference
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the nuclear programme goes full steam ahead, with work on plutonium separation, uranium enrichment, and other activities which are in clear contradiction with several resolutions from the United Nations Security Council. The IAEA is prepared, is ready, has the information and the ability to go back immediately once a political solution and a way forward will be found among the interested players.”
9. Wide shot, Grossi addressing General Conference
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“It’s red alert for the planet. We heard the last report from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). And in every scientific-based projection, global decarbonization for 2050 is possible, and will be much easier with nuclear energy. It is an important debate. And the IAEA is ready to continue supporting all those countries that are manifesting an interest in benefiting themselves from the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.”
11. Wide shot, delegates applauding

STORYLINE:

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said he hoped to be in Tehran “very soon to address these pressing matters that will provide the necessary assurances to the world that there is no concern and also pave the way for other important diplomatic efforts which are needed to come to a satisfactory situation when it comes to the nuclear programme in the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Speaking today (20 Sep) at the opening of the IAEA’s General Conference, Grossi said non-proliferation is at forefront of the Agency’s mission. He said, despite the challenges of COVID-19, the IAEA continued inspecting nuclear facilities all over the world, and as a result, there was no risk of proliferation because of the absence of its inspectors.

He said there was important work to do with Iran, adding that clarifications need to be provided. He said the Agency and Iran decided to work together with a view to finding solutions during a recent visit to the country’s capital.

Turning to North Korea, the IAEA chief said the country’s nuclear programme is going "full steam ahead, with work on plutonium separation, uranium enrichment, and other activities which are in clear contradiction with several resolutions from the United Nations Security Council.” He said the IAEA is “prepared, is ready, has the information and the ability to go back immediately once a political solution and a way forward will be found among the interested players.”

Grossi noted that the IAEA’s work would also be an important factor in the fight against global warming and climate change. He said the Agency would continue promoting the safe, secure, and non-proliferation-oriented use of this source of clean energy.

He added, “It’s red alert for the planet. We heard the last report from the IPCC. And in every scientific-based projection, global decarbonization for 2050 is possible, and will be much easier with nuclear energy. It is an important debate. And the IAEA is ready to continue supporting all those countries that are manifesting an interest in benefiting themselves from the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.”

Grossi said nuclear safety and security will continue to be part of the IAEA’s efforts and stressed that nuclear security was of the essence as more nuclear material is in the hands of nuclear energy operators.
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