Sep 28, 2021 12:44 UTC
  • Iran nuclear chief in Moscow for talks with Rosatom officials

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami has traveled to Moscow to discuss issues of mutual interest and further cooperation with Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

According to Press TV, Eslami departed Tehran for the Russian capital at the head of a delegation on Tuesday morning. AEOI deputy chief and spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi is accompanying him during the visit.

Upon arrival in Moscow, they were received by Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Kazem Jalali and other diplomats at the Iranian embassy as well as Russian nuclear officials.

Eslami is due to meet Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev and explore avenues for further expansion of cooperation between the two organizations.

On Saturday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticized unilateral sanctions imposed on Iran after the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear agreement, urging Washington to take a “more active” approach to help resume the stalled talks aimed at reviving the deal.

"It seems evident they should be more active" in "resolving all issues related" to the accord, Lavrov told reporters at the United Nations in New York, referring to the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"Iran is not doing anything that would be prohibited," he added.

The top Russian diplomat expressed hope that Iran and the remaining parties to the nuclear agreement – Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China -- would resume negotiations in the Austrian capital of Vienna "as soon as possible".