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IAEA chief says Israel's threats to strike Iran's nuclear sites 'illegal'

March 7, 2023 at 11:19 am

Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi and head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami hold a joint news conference after their meeting in Tehran, Iran on March 04, 2023. [Fatemeh Bahrami – Anadolu Agency]

The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Raphael Grossi said any attack on Iran’s nuclear sites by Israel or the United States would be “illegal”, Reuters reported.

Grossi was responding to a reporter’s question on Saturday about threats by Israel and the United States to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities if they deem talks to limit Tehran’s nuclear ability as having failed.

“Any attack on Iran’s nuclear sites would violate international law whether by Israel or any other country,” Grossi said.

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The IAEA said on Saturday that Grossi had received sweeping assurances from Iran that it will assist a long-stalled investigation into uranium particles found at undeclared sites and re-install removed monitoring equipment.

Grossi was in Tehran last weekend and met with the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation, Mohammad Eslami, and President Ibrahim Raisi.

A joint statement issued by the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran and the IAEA said the talks focused on “the importance of taking steps for broader cooperation in order to expedite the resolution of remaining safeguards issues in an appropriate manner.”

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