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Iran Nuclear Program is ‘Moving Ahead Very, Very Fast’, Says IAEA Head

The United States left the original agreement in 2018.
Rafael Grossi. Lev Radin/Sipa USA via Reuters Connect
Rafael Grossi. Lev Radin/Sipa USA via Reuters Connect

Iran’s nuclear program is “moving ahead very, very fast” and “good words” from Tehran are not enough for international inspectors, said the head of the UN nuclear watchdog on Tuesday.

Speaking at UN headquarters Tuesday, IAEA head Rafael Grossi said,” When it comes to nuclear, good words will not do it. What you need to do is to be transparent and compliant and work with us. We are ready and I hope they will be as well,” Reuters reported.

Talks between Iran and world powers, chiefly the US, about reviving the 2015 nuclear accords have been stalled for months. Iran has meanwhile ramped up its uranium enrichment with new, more advanced centrifuges.

European-sponsored talks in Vienna this year to bring the US back into the JCPOA have stalled for months and another recent round of negotiations in July between Iran and the US in Qatar also failed to make progress.

Israel, which opposes a US return to the JCPOA, has threatened to act alone in striking Iranian facilities if it feels there is an existential threat to the Jewish state from Iran equipping itself with nuclear weapons.

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