Iran hopes UN nuclear watchdog will act 'neutrally'
Argentina's Rafael Grossi took the helm of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) following the death of his predecessor.
Iran hopes that the IAEA "can neutrally and professionally undertake its international responsibilities and sensitive missions" during Grossi's tenure, foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said in a statement.
"Iran is ready to maintain and expand interaction and cooperation with the agency with goodwill and mutual respect," he added.
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The agency is tasked with monitoring Tehran's nuclear activity and assess its compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal struck between Iran, the United States and several European countries. The deal has however been subsequently severely undermined by the Washington’s abandonment of it last year.
Tehran has since retaliated by suspending its compliance with parts of the deal until the repeated sanctions are lifted.
Tensions between Tehran and Washington have escalated sharply since the Trump administration abruptly left the nuclear deal and reimposed crippling sanctions on Iran. The European parties - Britain, France and Germany – have said repeatedly that they are committed to saving the agreement but their efforts have not been successful so far.
"The path for diplomacy is open... the Europeans and especially the French are still trying to act on their commitments," Mousavi told state television.
Yet the attempts have so far "failed to reach any tangible results" and "if the situation goes on as it is, (Iran) will most probably take the fourth step."
Iran has said it will unveil a fourth package of measures on Monday.
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