IAEA / IRAN

22-Feb-2021 00:02:25
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reached a “temporary bilateral technical understanding” with Iran that would allow it to continue its “necessary verification and monitoring activities for a period of up to three months.” IAEA
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STORY: IAEA / IRAN
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SOURCE: IAEA
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 21 FEBRUARY 2021, VIENNA, AUSTRIA
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21 FEBRUARY 2021, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

1. Wide shot, Grossi walking to podium
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“Basically, what we agreed is following. In the first place, we reconfirmed that Iran will continue to implement the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement without any limitation as they have been doing so far. In the second place, we agreed that in view of the law, and in particular the provision that establishes limitations, we reached a temporary bilateral technical understanding whereby the Agency is going to continue its necessary verification and monitoring activities for a period of up to three months.”
3. Wide shot, Grossi listening to question from reporter
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“My hope, the hope of the IAEA has been to be able to stabilise a situation which was very unstable, and I think this technical understanding does it so that other political consultations at other levels can take place; and most importantly we can avoid a situation in which we would have been in practical terms flying blind.”
5. Wide shot, Grossi listening to question from reporter
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“There is one thing that needs to be clear ladies and gentlemen, this law exists. This law is going to be applied, which means that the additional protocol, much to my regret, is going to be suspended. Nevertheless, we decided to go there and agree on a specific bilateral arrangement, understanding as we call it, that will allow us to bridge this period in the best possible way without losing the monitoring and verification capacities.”
7. Wide shot, Grossi listening to question from reporter
STORYLINE
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reached a “temporary bilateral technical understanding” with Iran that would allow it to continue its “necessary verification and monitoring activities for a period of up to three months.”

Speaking to reporters Sunday (21 Feb) night in Vienna following a two-day visit to Iran, IAEA chief Rafael Grossi expressed his belief that the technical agreement stabilises “a situation which was very unstable” and avoided a situation in which the Agency would have been “in practical terms flying blind.”

The agreement came as Iran is set to implement a law passed by its parliament to reduce cooperation with the IAEA. Grossi said, “This law exists. This law is going to be applied, which means that the additional protocol, much to my regret, is going to be suspended. Nevertheless, we decided to go there and agree on a specific bilateral arrangement, understanding as we call it, that will allow us to bridge this period in the best possible way without losing the monitoring and verification capacities.”

Grossi said the two sides reconfirmed that Iran would continue to implement the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement without any limitation “as they have been doing so far.” They also agreed on a “temporary bilateral technical understanding whereby the Agency is going to continue its necessary verification and monitoring activities for a period of up to three months,” as well as to keep the understanding reached under constant review.

He added, “My hope, the hope of the IAEA has been to be able to stabilise a situation which was very unstable, and I think this technical understanding does it so that other political consultations at other levels can take place; and most importantly we can avoid a situation in which we would have been in practical terms flying blind.”

Grossi noted that the IAEA would have less access under the temporary agreement. He said the agreement is not a replacement for the previous arrangements, rather it is a temporary solution that allows the IAEA to continue to give the world assurances over the nuclear activities in Iran in the hopes of returning to a fuller picture.
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