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IAEA Head Plans Iran Trip as Allies Seek to Reboot Nuclear Talks

  • Grossi says he sees no evidence Iran seeks a nuclear weapon
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Rafael Mariano Grossi at the State Department in Washington, on Oct. 18.

Rafael Mariano Grossi at the State Department in Washington, on Oct. 18.

Photographer: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images 

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said he will visit Iran in the coming days as the U.S. and Europe seek to resolve concerns over Iran’s recent nuclear activity and jump-start talks on re-entering the 2015 deal that put severe limits on its program. 

Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi said he hopes to meet Iran’s senior leadership to discuss disagreements around IAEA nuclear inspections, which he’s described as being in a “fragile state” since the country ramped up its uranium-enrichment and rolled back international monitors’ ability to access some facilities.