Iran’s nuclear chief says Tehran handed documents over pending issues to IAEA

Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) agreed last month on a three-month plan to try to resolve a long-standing problem over uranium particles found at ancient sites but not declared in the country. Fixing the problem would remove an obstacle to reviving a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

“We handed over the documents on March 20 to the agency. They are reviewing these documents and probably the agency representatives will travel to Iran for further discussions, and then the IAEA will present its conclusion,” Eslami said during an interview. a televised press conference.

The agency has long said Iran has not given satisfactory answers to those questions, but in early March it announced a plan for a series of exchanges.

IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said last month that he would strive to report on his finding by the June 2022 Board of Governors (IAEA) meeting, which begins on June 6.

The joint plan will help secure the nuclear deal, which Washington quit in 2018 and reimposed crippling sanctions on Iran.

Eleven months of indirect talks between Iran and the United States in Vienna on rescuing the 2015 deal have stalled, with both sides saying political decisions are needed from Tehran and Washington to settle the remaining issues.

(Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Mark Potter and Barbara Lewis)

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