IAEA / GROSSI IRAN

18-Nov-2020 00:02:59
The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) called on Iran to “fully and promptly” explain the presence of uranium particles at a location not declared by the country “to allay any possible concerns about the correctness and completeness of its safeguards declarations.” IAEA
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STORY: IAEA / GROSSI IRAN
TRT: 2:59
SOURCE: IAEA
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 18 NOVEMBER 2020, VIENNA, AUSTRIA
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18 NOVEMBER 2020, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

1. Wide shot, Grossi walking to dias
2. Rack focus, IAEA signage to name plate
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“The Agency continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement. The presence of multiple uranium particles of anthropogenic origin, including isotopically altered particles, at a location in Iran not declared to the Agency still needs to be fully and promptly explained by Iran to allay any possible concerns about the correctness and completeness of its safeguards declarations. Evaluations regarding the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran continue.”
4. Wide shot, meeting room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
"Well yes, this is an update. So, we had already informed that in fact the cascade has been transferred. You know, in Natanz you have different facilities. It was being transferred from the pilot fuel enrichment plant to the fuel enrichment plant. So that had already happened. They had not started – I mean let's use this more colloquial or more normal verb - they had not started operations with it which is what is now happening which means that in this place, these centrifuges are also going to be operating."
6. Wide shot, meeting room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“We believe that they need to give us information which is credible. What they are telling us, from a technical point of view doesn’t add up. So they need to clarify this. And given the time this has taken – in these matters we don’t believe – this is not an academic exercise. So, they need to explain why we found what we found, and the explanations have not been satisfactory as I said.”
8. Wide shot, meeting room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“No no no, we are not in contact. Our normal channels are with the administration and that continues. Regarding these press reports, of course we read everything. We are aware of everything, but I would not speculate on a speculation. Two speculations do not make a truth. So, better not speculate on that. It's a speculation. I don't know. We haven't been informed of anything and we continue.”
10. Wide shot, meeting room
STORYLINE
The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) called on Iran to “fully and promptly” explain the presence of uranium particles at a location not declared by the country “to allay any possible concerns about the correctness and completeness of its safeguards declarations.”

Speaking today (18 Nov) at an IAEA Board of Governors meeting, Rafael Grossi said an agreement with Iran reached in August was about procedural difficulties, not substance, adding that it was essential to address and make progress in the IAEA’s verification work through sustained engagement and cooperation.

He said, “The Agency continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement. The presence of multiple uranium particles of anthropogenic origin, including isotopically altered particles, at a location in Iran not declared to the Agency still needs to be fully and promptly explained by Iran to allay any possible concerns about the correctness and completeness of its safeguards declarations. Evaluations regarding the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran continue.”

Speaking to reporters following the meeting, Grossi said it had been almost two years since the traces were found and the latest information provided by Iran was not technically credible.

SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“We believe that they need to give us information which is credible. What they are telling us, from a technical point of view doesn’t add up. So, they need to clarify this. And given the time this has taken – in these matters we don’t believe – this is not an academic exercise. So, they need to explain why we found what we found, and the explanations have not been satisfactory as I said.”

The IAEA chief said a cascade of centrifuges was transferred from “the pilot fuel enrichment plant to the fuel enrichment plant” in Natanz. He said this means that the machines were “also going to be operating,” but noted that there was no significant increase in the volumes of enrichment which is already beyond the limitations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Responding to a question, Grossi said the Agency was not in contact with US President-elect Joe Biden’s team. He declined to comment reports that the US was planning an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities and stressed that “two speculations do not make a truth.”
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