UN nuclear watchdog chief to travel to Iran on Saturday

Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Mariano Grossi speaks during a press conference in Vienna, Austria, on December 17, 2021. (Michael Gruber/AP)
Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Mariano Grossi speaks during a press conference in Vienna, Austria, on December 17, 2021. (Michael Gruber/AP)

The head of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear watchdog, will travel to Iran on Saturday in order to meet with officials there, the IAEA says.

“Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi will travel to Tehran for meetings with senior Iranian officials on Saturday,” an IAEA spokesman said in a statement, adding that Grossi would hold a press conference on his return to Vienna on Saturday evening.

Grossi’s visit comes as Western diplomats come ever nearer to reaching a new agreement with Iran that aims to restrain its nuclear program.

“We’re one minute from the finish line,” Russian envoy Mikhail Ulyanov said yesterday in Vienna.

The flag of Iran waves in front of the the International Center building with the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, in Vienna, AustriaI, May 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Florian Schroetter, FILE)

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