Tuesday, September 27, 2022

WATCH: Blinken meets with IAEA head for talks on Iran’s nuclear activities

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken welcomed International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi to the Department of State for talks on Monday.

See the meeting in the player above.

The IAEA plays a key role in monitoring Iran’s nuclear activities, and on Monday the Iranian president said the United States should lift sanctions on Tehran to prove it is serious about reopening the stalled nuclear talks in Vienna.

Negotiations between Iran and the European countries that signed the 2015 nuclear deal, as well as Russia and China, have stalled since June. Iran’s new administration, which came to power in August, has not set a date for the resumption of negotiations. Iran has resisted calls for an early resumption of talks in Vienna. Instead, Tehran wants to meet separately with the other parties to the deal in Brussels before returning to the negotiating table in Vienna.

When Blinken met with Grossi, the State Department said the Biden administration did not believe a preliminary meeting in Brussels was necessary. Blinken and others warned that the window for diplomacy was closing.

In the 2015 nuclear deal, Tehran sharply limited uranium enrichment in exchange for lifting economic sanctions. Iran insisted that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

In 2018, then President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled America out of the deal, fueling tensions across the Middle East.

As negotiations in Vienna stalled, Iran violated the uranium enrichment restrictions set by the agreement. It is now enriching small amounts of uranium as close to weapons-grade purity as possible, and supplies continue to grow.

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