Nuremberg, 12 September 2021 (dpa/MIA) – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Rafael Grossi reached Tehran on Saturday and is due to meet Iran’s new nuclear chief Mohammad Eslami the following day, in a fresh bid by the IAEA to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.
Eslami replaced Ali Akbar Salehi at the end of August.
Grossi is also expected to meet Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian.
It is the first time that the IAEA director has visited Tehran since the Iranian presidency passed from moderate Hassan Rowhani to hardliner Ebrahim Raisi last month.
Grossi planned to comment on the outcome on returning to Vienna on Sunday evening.
Many are concerned that Iran is amassing greater amounts of highly-enriched uranium.
According to a recent report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Tehran is continuing to expand its nuclear programme. The report also said Iran was using more modern, powerful centrifuges to produce highly enriched uranium.
Tehran, meanwhile, claims its nuclear programme is solely for civilian purposes.
The Vienna deal, designed to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief, has been in tatters since the US unilaterally left the pact in 2018 under then-president Donald Trump.
Negotiations to rescue the deal have been underway since April. However, the talks were suspended as the Iranian presidency passed from the moderate Hassan Rowhani to hardliner Ebrahim Raisi.
Iran has said that it is willing to continue talks to revive the Vienna deal, although gave no date.
The remaining signatories to the agreement are trying to persuade the US to return to the deal, and Iran to comply with its conditions.