Diplomats representing the EU have proposed a significant concession to Iran in order to break the deadlock during discussions to revive the 2015 nuclear accord. The proposal involves ending a UN investigation into hidden nuclear materials that were uncovered in Iran in 2019.
According to the Wall Street Journal:
A key sticking point in 16-month-old talks to revive the 2015 deal, which put limits on Iran’s nuclear programs in exchange for sanctions relief, has been a probe by the International Atomic Energy Agency into undeclared nuclear material found in Iran in 2019.
That material, Israel and Western officials contend, is evidence that Iran once had a clandestine atomic-weapons program, something Tehran has long denied, saying it is only interested in a civilian nuclear program.
A draft text of the proposal from the EU, viewed by The Wall Street Journal, would have Iran agree to address the IAEA’s concerns before the pact takes effect, saying Iran is expected to answer the agency’s questions “with a view to clarifying them.”
If the agency confirms in a report that Tehran has cooperated, the U.S. and the other parties in the talks would then urge the IAEA Board of member states to close the investigation, the text says.
A spokesman for the IAEA declined to comment. The head of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, has vowed to never abandon the investigation until Iran answers where the nuclear material originated and where it is now.
Read more at the Wall Street Journal.