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Iran nuclear deal

Head of IAEA to visit Tehran ahead of inspection deadline

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The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog will travel to Tehran on Saturday, Iran’s ambassador to the organisation said, days before a looming deadline for the suspension of some inspections.

Kazem Gharibabadi tweeted Wednesday that International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi will “travel to Tehran on Saturday for technical discussions with the Atomic Energy Organization on how to continue cooperation in the light of new arrangements”.

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The UN nuclear watchdog confirmed on Wednesday that its chief will visit Tehran to seek an agreement on how to carry out his agency’s work there given Iran’s plan to scale back cooperation next week.

“Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi will visit Tehran on Saturday for discussions with senior Iranian officials in order to find a mutually agreeable solution for the IAEA to continue essential verification activities in the country,” the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement.

Iran’s plan to stop implementing various measures under its nuclear deal with major powers as of Feb. 23 “would have a serious impact on the IAEA’s verification and monitoring activities in the country”, it added. verification activities in the country.”

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