Iran's Nuclear Program Is 'Galloping Ahead,' IAEA Chief Says
Iran's nuclear program is "galloping ahead" and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has very limited visibility on what is happening, IAEA chief Rafael Grossi told a Spanish outlet in an interview published on Friday, July 22.
In June, Iran began removing essentially all the agency's monitoring equipment, installed under its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Grossi said at the time this could cause a "fatal blow" to chances of reviving the deal following 2018's pullout by the United States.
"The bottom line is that for almost five weeks I have had very limited visibility, with a nuclear program that is galloping ahead and, therefore, if there is an agreement, it is going to be very difficult for me to reconstruct the puzzle of this whole period of forced blindness," he said.
"It is not impossible, but it is going to require a very complex task and perhaps some specific agreements," said Grossi, who was visiting Madrid.
Iran has breached many of the deal's limits on its nuclear activities since then-US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran in 2018. It is enriching uranium to close to weapons grade.
Western powers warn Iran is getting closer to being able to sprint towards making a nuclear bomb. Iran denies wanting to. (JPost / VFI News)
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