Selin ATAY-TDO- Iran’s top nuclear official Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted that talks with the U.N. nuclear watchdog’s chief were constructive, after meeting IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi.
Director General Grossi’s trip comes after the United States last week pressed the U.N. Security Council to reimpose sanctions on Iran that were lifted under Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, from which Washington has quit.
Iranian government officials said Grossi’s visit was not related to the U.S. moves to reimpose sanctions.
“Our conversation today was very constructive. It was agreed that the agency will carry out its independent and professional responsibilities and Iran will fulfil its legal commitments,” the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi said.
“A new chapter of cooperation between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency will start.” Iran’s top nuclear official added.
Following the meeting Iranian top nuclear official Salehi, Grossi said: “There is no political approach towards Iran ... There are issues that need to be addressed ... This does not mean a political approach towards Iran.”
Iran said on Monday that Grossi’s visit would “strengthen ties and build trust” between Tehran and the IAEA, “as long as the IAEA moves based on impartiality, independence and distances itself from political pressure of another countries”.
According to Iranian media, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said “The IAEA will not let third countries impact its relations with any other country.”