Nov 24, 2021 19:07 UTC
  •  Iran, IAEA agree in principle to resolve technical issues: FM tells Chinese counterpart

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says Tehran and the UN nuclear agency have reached an agreement in principle to resolve their outstanding issues.

He made the remarks during an online discussion with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Wednesday, adding that Iran and the agency were seeking to "issue a joint statement at the earliest opportunity."

The comments came a day after the International Atomic Energy Agency's Director General, Rafael Grossi ended a two-day visit to the Islamic Republic, during which he held various meetings with senior Iranian officials, including Amir-Abdollahian himself.

In a tweet earlier on Wednesday, the top Iranian diplomat described his talks with the IAEA chief as "cordial, frank and fruitful" and said they "reached good agreements on continuing cooperation."

The official made the remarks during an online discussion with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Wednesday, adding that Iran and the agency were seeking to "issue a joint statement at the earliest opportunity."

The comments came a day after the International Atomic Energy Agency's Director General, Rafael Grossi ended a two-day visit to the Islamic Republic, during which he held various meetings with senior Iranian officials, including Amir-Abdollahian himself.

In a tweet earlier on Wednesday, the top Iranian diplomat described his talks with the IAEA chief as "cordial, frank and fruitful" and said they "reached good agreements on continuing cooperation."

Amir-Abdollahian said the Islamic Republic was completely willing to participate in the negotiations with the aim of reaching "a good agreement."

Such an agreement, he added, could materialize shortly if Washington and its European allies in the deal--the UK, France, and Germany--were likewise willing to resume their commitments under JCPOA.

The Chinese official, for his part, rated Grossi's trip to Iran as a "positive" development. He also considered the Islamic Republic's standpoint on the JCPOA's potential revival to be "fair."

Also on Tuesday, Behrouz Kamalvandi, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran's spokesman, said Iran and the IAEA had, during Grossi's visit, come to some "general agreements" concerning "the manner in which they were supposed to pursue various issues of common interest."

"The two sides agreed to continue their consultations towards completing the framework and details of the manner in which they were supposed to continue their cooperation," Kamalvandi noted.

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