You see that his motives are political.. Iran rejects the report of the International Atomic Energy Agency

Iran said on Wednesday that it rejected the report of the International Atomic Energy Agency of the United Nations on Tehran’s nuclear activities as “politically motivated”, while the head of the atomic agency is expected to visit Tehran early next week.

Earlier in the day, International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi wrote in his latest quarterly report on Iran’s nuclear program that the agency’s inspectors had been subjected to “excessive physical inspections by (Iranian) security officials” for months.

Grossi also made a long list of areas where inspectors were no longer allowed to enter. According to the report, Tehran also breached an agreement to monitor the uranium centrifuge workshop.

According to the 2015 nuclear agreement, Iran may use only a limited number of centrifuges to enrich uranium for use in nuclear reactors.

According to the same report, Iran has significantly increased its stockpile of highly enriched uranium. In figures dating back to the sixth of November, the amount of uranium enriched by 60% amounted to 17.7 kg (compared to 10 kg at the end of last August), while the amount of uranium enriched by 20% increased from 84.3 kg to 113.8.

These enrichment rates significantly exceed the ceiling set in the 2015 nuclear agreement at 3.67%.

The International Atomic Energy Agency released a report on Iran’s nuclear program (Getty Images)

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Next Monday, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, will start a visit to Tehran, an Iranian official announced on Wednesday.

Grossi’s visit coincides with the start of the regular meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors in Vienna, and a week before Tehran and international powers return to the table of talks aimed at reviving the 2015 agreement that limited Iran’s nuclear activities, before the United States withdrew from it in 2018.

Grossi expressed last week his astonishment at the lack of communication with political officials in Tehran, since the government of hard-line conservative President Ibrahim Raisi took office last August.

On Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh confirmed the international official’s invitation to visit Tehran.

Today, Wednesday, the spokesman for the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Behrouz Kamalvandi, said that Grossi “will arrive in Tehran on the evening of Monday, November 22, and on Tuesday he will meet the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (Mohammed Islami) and Foreign Minister” Hossein Amir Abdollahian, according to the Fars news agency.

Iran has taken five reduction steps so far that it says are aimed at saving the nuclear deal (Iranian press)Iran concluded an agreement with 6 international powers in 2015 regarding its nuclear program (Iranian press)

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“I have not had any contact with this government … which was formed more than 5 months ago,” Grossi said on November 12, referring to a “long list of topics” to be discussed.

These include the maintenance of the Agency’s monitoring equipment at the Karaj centrifuge manufacturing facility west of Tehran, and explanations for the presence of traces of nuclear material at sites that Iran had not previously reported experiencing activities of this kind.

Kamalvandi stressed that Grossi’s visit comes within the “cooperation between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency.”

This will be Grossi’s second visit since Prime Minister’s government assumed its duties, knowing that his first visit was limited to a meeting with the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization.

That visit, which took place on September 12, witnessed an agreement between the two parties regarding the maintenance of surveillance equipment and cameras installed in nuclear facilities.

Iran concluded an agreement with 6 international powers in 2015 regarding its nuclear program that allowed the lifting of many of the sanctions that were imposed on it, in exchange for limiting its nuclear activities and ensuring the peacefulness of its program, with an inspection program from the IAEA considered one of the most stringent in the world.

However, the effects of the agreement have been canceled since 2018, when the United States unilaterally withdrew from it during the era of former President Donald Trump and re-imposed severe sanctions on Iran.

In response, in 2019 Iran gradually began to roll back many of its core commitments under the agreement. While Western countries accuse Iran of “violating” the agreement through this retreat, Tehran asserts that its steps are “compensatory” after the US withdrawal.

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