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Following a mission to Iran, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi described his consultations with Iranian officials as “inconclusive” and said, “We are close to the point where I would not be able to guarantee continuity of knowledge” on the country’s nuclear programme. IAEA

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SOURCE: IAEA
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DATELINE: 24 NOVEMBER 2021, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

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FILE – VIENNA, AUSTRIA

1. Wide shot, IAEA headquarters exterior

24 NOVEMBER 2021, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“Despite my best efforts, these extensive negotiations and deliberations to address some of the outstanding issues proved inconclusive. We will continue to work. We must continue to work. I ask for your support. And I also ask Iran to continue to be engaged with us because the issues that are on the basis of these deliberations have not disappeared. And the fact that we need to ensure the continuity of knowledge which is indispensable to provide the necessary assurances that things are in order in Iran continue to be there. So, let's continue this work, and although I'm frustrated because of the lack of agreement yesterday, we never despair. We never throw the towel. The IAEA never stops. So, I will continue.”
3. Wide shot, Grossi at podium
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“The way I describe this is that our consultations, our negotiations, have been inconclusive, inconclusive; meaning that we could not finish. I'm not, you know, giving up on trying to find some understanding, but in terms of what we were discussing yesterday, we could not conclude on an agreement.”

5. Wide shot, Grossi at podium
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“In the course of a negotiation, you try different things. You approach it in a different way, different combinations. It was not possible for Iran to agree with us. That's what I would say.”
7. Wide shot, Grossi at podium
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“The talks were constructive. The talks were correct. The talks were professional. So that is one thing, but we could not reach an agreement.”
9. Wide shot, Grossi at podium
10. UPSOUND (English) journalist asking question:
“But then this means that you believe it is possible still.”
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“We must reach an agreement. We must do it.”
12. Wide shot, Grossi at podium
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“We are close to the point where I would not be able to guarantee continuity of knowledge.”
14. Wide shot, Grossi at podium
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“We don't have access, but it is obvious that such a long period of time without us getting access, knowing whether there are operational activities ongoing, is something that in itself would at some point prevent me from continuing to say that I have an idea of what is going on. And this is what I'm explaining. I've explained this to my Iranian counterparts very clearly.”
16. Wide shot, Grossi at podium

STORYLINE:

Following a mission to Iran, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi described his consultations with Iranian officials as “inconclusive” and said, “We are close to the point where I would not be able to guarantee continuity of knowledge” on the country’s nuclear programme.

Grossi was speaking to reporters in Vienna today (24 Nov) after his briefing to the IAEA Board of Governors meeting in which he said that, despite his best efforts, the “extensive negotiations and deliberations” with Iranian officials to address some of the outstanding issues “proved inconclusive.” He said, “We will continue to work. We must continue to work. I ask for your support. And I also ask Iran to continue to be engaged with us because the issues that are on the basis of these deliberations have not disappeared. And the fact that we need to ensure the continuity of knowledge which is indispensable to provide the necessary assurances that things are in order in Iran continue to be there. So, let's continue this work, and although I'm frustrated because of the lack of agreement yesterday, we never despair. We never throw the towel. The IAEA never stops. So, I will continue.”

The IAEA chief had met on Tuesday in Tehran with the Vice President of Iran and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Mohammad Eslami, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

Responding to questions by journalists, the IAEA chief said the two sides continued to engage however they were not able to reach an agreement on the topics of discussion in yesterday’s talks. He said, “In the course of a negotiation, you try different things. You approach it in a different way, different combinations. It was not possible for Iran to agree with us. That's what I would say.”

Grossi noted that the talks were “constructive,” “correct,” and “professional,” but the sides could not reach an agreement. He stressed that he did not want the unsuccessful nature of the negotiations to turn into apportioning blame but said “We must reach an agreement. We must do it.”

The IAEA Director General said the issues are known, mainly to restore the monitoring and verification capacities that the IAEA needs, including restoring cameras and servicing equipment. He said there are also a number of outstanding issues in terms of safeguards matters.

Grossi said the meeting was indispensable to meet the new administration, which has very specific views as they have been making publicly. He said he was able to explain how he sees the process, what he expects from Iran, and the way in which he hopes to be working with the country.

Asked if he had any information of activity in the workshop at the Karaj complex, Grossi said, “We don't have access, but it is obvious that such a long period of time without us getting access, knowing whether there are operational activities ongoing, is something that in itself would at some point prevent me from continuing to say that I have an idea of what is going on. And this is what I'm explaining. I've explained this to my Iranian counterparts very clearly.”

The IAEA chief said there was no date for a future visit or talks but noted that he agreed with the Foreign Minister and other officials to make an effort to remain in close contact, adding that he would not hesitate to reach out to them as many times as needed to impress on them the need to help solve these issues.
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