The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency “very worried” about the Iranian nuclear

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), whose headquarters are in Vienna, “is trying to clarify a number of outstanding issues”, explained Rafael Grossi before a committee of the European Parliament.

“I am referring to the fact that in recent months we have been able to identify traces of enriched uranium in places never declared by Iran to have harbored any nuclear activity,” he said.

“We are extremely worried (…). The situation does not look very favourable. For the moment, Iran has not shown itself willing to provide the information we need,” lamented the head of the UN monitoring body.

Several sites are the subject of long-standing questions from the IAEA. At the beginning of March, Mr. Grossi went to Iran on this subject, while the Islamic Republic asked for the closure of the file.

In the end, it was agreed that the two parties exchange documents for a resolution before June.

These statements come as the European diplomat in charge of coordinating the Iranian nuclear talks, Enrique Mora, is due to arrive in Tehran in the coming hours for a final effort to revive the process.

The emissary, who had made his last shuttle between Tehran and Washington at the end of March, will notably meet the head of Iranian negotiators Ali Bagheri. “Work continues to close remaining gaps,” he tweeted on Tuesday, en route to Iran.

“As you know, the negotiations are on hold (…), some would speak of deadlock, others of freezing”, underlined Rafael Grossi.

Despite the obstacles, he said he “hopes for an agreement within a reasonable time.” “Although we have to admit that the window of opportunity could close at any time,” he warned.

Iran and the United States have been engaged for more than a year in indirect negotiations in Vienna to resuscitate the 2015 agreement, which was supposed to prevent the Islamic Republic from manufacturing the atomic bomb – which it denies wanting to acquire.

The other parties to the text (Germany, China, France, United Kingdom, Russia) are also taking part in the negotiations.

The diplomats, however, left the Austrian capital on March 11 and since then Tehran and Washington have mutually blamed each other for the blockage.

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