IAEA / IRAN AGREEMENT EXTENSION

24-May-2021 00:01:15
IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said he had agreed with Iran to extend by one month the necessary verification and monitoring activities carried out by the Agency in the country.IAEA
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STORY: IAEA / IRAN AGREEMENT EXTENSION
TRT: 1:15
SOURCE: IAEA
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 24 MAY 2021, VIENNA, AUSTRIA
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24 MAY 2021, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

1. Pan left, Grossi entering press room
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“We agreed, number one, that the information collected by our technical equipment at different locations in Tehran is going to be saved and will continue to be under the custody of the Agency at every site where it is at the moment. This is number one. And number two, that the equipment and the verification and monitoring activities will continue as they are now for one month, expiring then on June 24, 2021. So, this is was we have agreed on today.”
3. Wide shot, Grossi at podium speaking to reporters
4. Pan right, Grossi leaving press room
STORYLINE
IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said he had agreed with Iran to extend by one month the necessary verification and monitoring activities carried out by the Agency in the country.

Grossi made the announcement today (24 May) at a press conference in Vienna after reaching the agreement with Ali Akbar Salehi, Vice President and head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.

Under their agreement, the information collected by the Agency monitoring equipment covered by a Technical Understanding signed last February will continue to be stored for a further period of one month up to 24 June. Grossi said the two sides also agreed that the “equipment and the verification and monitoring activities will continue as they are now” for this period.

The IAEA Director General said the understand was even more important now that it was when it was signed in February with a number of things have been happening in Tehran and nuclear activities having increased.

He stressed that the temporary understanding is a stopgap measure in the absence of the additional transparency measures that were provided in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the additional protocol. He said it allows the Agency to avoid flying blind and losing essential information as negotiations on the JCPOA continue.
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