Sep. 12, 2021

Scoop: Quid pro quo 'reached in Paris' averts imminent Iran-US showdown in Vienna


The scoop: After weeks of consultations, Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have reached a deal to forestall an imminent crisis. A last-minute statement issued by new Iranian nuclear chief Mohammad Eslami and IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi on the eve of the IAEA’s Sept. 13-17 Board of Governors meeting says the two sides have reached a deal on “the way and the timing” for UN inspectors to service cameras installed at Iran’s nuclear facilities.

  • As exclusively reported on Sept. 1, Iranian sources warned that censure by western nations in the form of an anti-Iran resolution at the Board meeting would result in a severe response.
  • The scenario outlined above—which could put the resumption of talks on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) at risk—now appears to have been averted.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a high-ranking Iranian official revealed to

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