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US hopes for ‘progress’ with Iran after European powers dial back pressure

  • March 05, 2021

Mar 4, 2021

The United States hopes for “credible, concrete progress” after the nuclear deal’s European signatories backed down from censuring Iran, and Tehran agreed to meet with technical experts over the discovery of uranium particles at its undeclared nuclear sites. 

During a meeting of the 35-member Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)  in Vienna, Britain, France and Germany on Thursday abandoned a planned resolution that would have condemned Tehran’s lack of cooperation with the IAEA, including Iran’s preventing inspectors from making short-notice visits to its nuclear facilities.   

Last week, Reuters obtained a US position paper submitted to IAEA members that urged the agency’s board to “call on Iran to reverse its breaches of the deal and cooperate with the IAEA to explain how uranium particles were found at old, undeclared sites.”

“The E3 decided with the full support of the United States that the best way to support the IAEA’s process was to refrain from putting forward the draft resolution,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said Wednesday, adding that the United States is “pleased” with the outcome of the meeting. 

“We will look forward with strong interest for Iran’s willingness to engage in a way that leads to credible, concrete progress,” Price said. 

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