Tue, 20 Apr 2021

VIENNA, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Tehran has agreed to hold technical meetings in early April with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to clarity outstanding concerns, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said on Thursday.

"As a result of very intensive consultations I had with Iran, Iran has finally welcomed and accepted my initiative to engage in a focused and systematic effort aimed at attempting to clarify a number of outstanding issues," Grossi told reporters after the conclusion of the IAEA's 35-nation Board of Governors meetings this week.

The issues will include presence of uranium particles and doubts about certain material that has not been declared by Tehran, he said.

"The board of governors has welcomed the understanding, this agreement between Iran and the IAEA," he said. "So we are encouraged by this development."

Asked about whether he did the talk with Iran this week to avoid the board of governors issuing a statement in fear of retaliation from Iran, Grossi said that his job is to clarify everything that is outstanding, and the consequences of the action are in the eyes of the beholder.

Grossi emphasised that his agency is trying to go beyond the exchange of letters and messages with Iran, which seemed a lot like "talking past each other."

He hoped that the effort will achieve satisfactory outcome in time for the next regular session of the board of governors in June, and other technical and political meetings will follow, Grossi added.

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