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Blinken discusses with the Director of the Atomic Energy Agency, Iran's nuclear monitoring

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced, during his meeting on Monday, Rafael Grossi, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, that their discussions will focus in particular on monitoring the Iranian nuclear file, the global use of peaceful nuclear energy and other files. Blinken said that “the United States strongly supports the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which is necessary to ensure international peace and security, and the agency plays a major role in monitoring Iran’s nuclear activities, and also has a role in international cooperation for the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and we have many files on table.”

In conjunction with Blinken and Grossi’s meeting, Israel approved a billion-billion-dollar budget to enhance its capabilities to target Iran’s nuclear program.

The Israeli government approved a budget of 5 billion shekels, The equivalent of $1.5 billion, to enhance its capabilities to target the Iranian nuclear program, according to what the newspaper “The Times of Israel” quoted the Israeli Channel 12 as saying. , and possibly by using satellites, among other options.”

Blinken discusses with the Director of the Atomic Energy Agency, Iran's nuclear monitoring
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi

The Iranian president calls on Washington to lift sanctions

The Iranian president said , Monday, that the United States should lift the sanctions it imposed on his country to prove its seriousness about resuming the suspended talks on the nuclear file, which are hosted in Vienna. Talks are “goal-oriented” with the West, and “never left” the negotiating table. He added that “the lifting of sanctions is evidence of the seriousness of the other side.”

Talks between Iran and the European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal, along with Russia and China, have stalled since last June.

The Raisi administration, which took office last August, has not set a date for the resumption of talks. Also.

The 2015 nuclear deal stipulates that Iran will severely limit its uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions imposed on it. Iran insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

In 2018, former US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw the United States from the nuclear agreement with Iran.

With Negotiations in Vienna falter, Iran has violated the limits on uranium enrichment stipulated in the agreement. It is currently enriching small amounts of uranium to levels close to weapons-grade purity, and its stockpile of enriched uranium is increasing.

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