The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) reiterated “the spirit of collaboration,” with Iran agreeing to provide IAEA inspectors access to cameras at its nuclear sites.
Following a meeting between IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi and AEOI Vice President and Head Mohammad Eslami, it was announced that IAEA inspectors would now be able to service “identified equipment” in Iran as well as “replace their storage media, which will be kept under the joint IAEA and AEOI seals.”
The two sides have agreed on the method and time, according to the statement.
Grossi would also return to Tehran in the “near future” to “hold high-level consultations with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran with the goal of enhancing cooperation between Iran and the IAEA in various fields and discussing current issues of mutual interest,” according to the statement.
“In this meeting, the parties recalled and reaffirmed the spirit of cooperation and mutual trust and its continuation and emphasized on the necessity of addressing the relevant issues in a constructive atmosphere and exclusively in a technical manner,” the joint statement declared.
The latest accord is a significant step forward in the Iran nuclear talks, as Iran previously barred the IAEA from accessing surveillance material from its nuclear sites.
Grossi’s journey to Tehran was disclosed on Saturday and took place the day before the IAEA’s board of governors meeting on Monday.
Iran is still negotiating with the United States to end its uranium enrichment programme. Iran broke the terms of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) when former US President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the accord in 2018 and imposed sanctions on Iran.
The US showed interest in mending the deal since President Joe Biden was elected last year, but Iran has asked that the US relax its sanctions, something Biden has so far refused to do.