An inquiry into radioactive material discovered at Iranian nuclear installations has reopened talks between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which have been at the center of the impasse in attempts to revive the country’s 2015 nuclear agreement with international powers.
The director general of the international atomic watchdog, Rafael Grossi, tweeted late on Monday, “Dialogue has commenced with Iran on clarification of remaining safeguards problems.”
Mohammad Eslami, the head of Iran’s nuclear program, and Grossi met in Vienna earlier on Monday after both men gave presentations at the agency’s General Conference.
Neither party revealed the specifics of the discussions nor indicated that Grossi could visit Tehran. In recent years, the IAEA director has made multiple trips to address urgent concerns.
The investigation into indications of man-made nuclear particles discovered years ago at various Iranian facilities, for which the CIA contends Iran has not offered an adequate explanation, is the major focus of the negotiations.