Member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency appoint Argentinian diplomat Rafael Mariano Grossi as the IAEA’s new Director General.
Grossi says the case of Iran is a priority for the agency. saying inspections would be firm and fair not just for Iran but for all countries that are working with the IAEA under the comprehensive safeguards agreement.
Iran’s ambassador to the IAEA Kazem Gharib Abadi pointed to the crucial role of the IAEA under the late Yukiya Amano in concluding and preserving the comprehensive nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers. known as the JCPOA. He also hit back at the US for withdrawing from the deal and imposing sanctions on Iran.
Tehran says it hopes future relations with the agency will be carried out in an impartial and independent manner and with no hidden political agenda.
The new Director General says he wants to give the international community the guarantee that he is independent and impermeable to pressure.
Grossi is the first Latin American to take over the role of IAEA director general since the agency was established in 1957. He’s described his mission as an attempt to keep the IAEA’s reputation strong and ensure it stands the test of transparency and accountability.