Nuclear security threats increased under Trump: IAEA chief


The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency says the world has become a more dangerous place during the tenure of US President Donald Trump, urging next US president to return to nuclear negotiations with Iran.

“Iran is moving on with its nuclear program. As you know, this is not working, or operating in a vacuum. This is done in the framework of an agreement, which was signed by the P5 [the five permanent members of the UN Security Council: US, UK, France, Russia, and China plus Germany… back in 2015,” Rafael Mariano Grossi told CBS News on Wednesday.

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“You remember that the United States withdrew from this agreement back in 2018, a couple of years ago, and then from that moment on, Iran, as a reply, as a response to this, decided to gradually start diminishing its compliance with this agreement,” he added.

Asked about his message to US President-elect Joe Biden, Grossi noted that, “I think he has indicated what his intentions are. A dialogue with us will be indispensable. Because since… the agreement was first signed, and the implementation of that agreement happened, to now, a lot has changed… The situation on the ground has changed. So, the negotiators, the policymakers in Washington and elsewhere, and in the other capitals including Tehran, will have to base themselves on the new situation on the ground.”

The comments by Grossi come after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that Tehran is not excited about the election of Biden as the US president, but is happy with the departure of Trump, the “most rogue” and “law-breaking” American leader so far, who did not even abide by humanitarian principles in dealing with the Iranian nation.

(Source: Press TV)

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