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Iran held ‘fruitful discussions’ with IAEA chief: Official

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Iran held “fruitful discussions” with the visiting International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi on Sunday, Tehran’s ambassador to the UN body said.

“Iran and the IAEA held fruitful discussions based on mutual respect, the result of which will be released this evening,” Kazem Gharibabadi, who attended the meeting, wrote on Twitter.

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Grossi arrived in Iran on Saturday, the eve of Tehran's deadline for US sanctions to be lifted before it partly suspends inspections by the agency to the country’s nuclear facilities.

“Grossi just arrived in Tehran and was received by the [Iran Atomic Energy Organization] deputy [Behrouz] Kamalvandi,” Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency Kazem Gharibabadi said.

Iran has set Sunday as a deadline for US President Joe Biden to lift sanctions reimposed by former President Donald Trump, or it will halt snap IAEA inspections under the deal, which lifted sanctions in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program. Next week is also when the IAEA is expected to issue a quarterly report on Iran's nuclear activities.

Biden’s administration has announced its willingness to return to talks to revive the nuclear deal Former President Donald Trump abandoned in 2018.

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