The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami (right) during a press conference with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi in Tehran on March 5, 2022

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami (right) during a press conference with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi in Tehran on March 5, 2022

Nuclear Chief Says Iran’s Activities Continue Unabated

3/24/2022

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran says the country hasn’t tied the activities of its atomic program to the ongoing Vienna talks aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal.

AEOI head Mohammad Eslami said on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic is carrying out its operations in the nuclear field according to its plans.

Eslami also stressed that the US needs to take political decisions to return to their commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the nuclear accord is officially known.

“There is no question regarding [Iran’s] return to its commitments under the deal as Tehran fully fulfilled its obligations, while the other side did not keep its end of the bargain,” he said.

“If they want to fulfill their obligations fully, we will take action in accordance with their measures and will reach an agreement,” Eslami added.

Iran’s nuclear chief also announced that on Iran’s National Nuclear Technology Day, on April 9, the country will unveil its "Comprehensive Strategic Development Document for the Nuclear Industry,” along with its latest nuclear-related achievements in the fields of health, agriculture and food irradiation.

Eslami didn’t mention whether Tehran had provided answers to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on issues raised by the UN agency in a November 2021 report, including regarding concealed nuclear sites and traces of illicit nuclear material.

Following a visit by IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi to Iran earlier this month, Tehran agreed to provide written explanations to clarify the issues regarding three sites no later than March 20, 2022.

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