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US says it’ll amp up pressure on Iran if it does not start cooperating with IAEA

21 9 5

The US warned Thursday it could raise the stakes in international pressure on Iran if the Islamic Republic continues to hinder efforts by the UN nuclear watchdog to monitor its nuclear program.

Addressing the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors Meeting, US Chargé d’Affaires in Vienna Louis Bono said that “If Iran’s non-cooperation is not immediately remedied… the Board will have no choice but to reconvene in extraordinary session before the end of this year in order to address the crisis.”

On Wednesday the IAEA said there had been “no progress” in talks with Tehran on disputes over the monitoring of Iran’s atomic program, just days before talks restart on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Rafael Grossi, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told a quarterly meeting of the agency’s board that talks he held in Tehran on Tuesday were “inconclusive,” despite being “constructive.”

Grossi had sought to tackle constraints put on IAEA inspections earlier this year, outstanding questions over the presence of undeclared nuclear material at sites in Iran, and the treatment of IAEA staff in the country.

Bono said Iran must immediately provide........

© The Times of Israel

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