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23 Feb, 9 tweets, 2 min read
thread: IAEA DG Grossi, speaking to @NTI_WMD, says of the understanding reached in Iran Sunday: Came in the end to what I described as a reasonable result in the form of the public statement which establishes a bilateral temporary technical understanding between the IAEA & Iran
whereby we will be able to conduct necessary verification and monitoring activities for a period of up to 3 months...We need to recognize we are confronted with a new reality. It is our conviction, in doing what we did, we can facilitate a smooth return to the previous situation
if that is possible after the consultations that are going to take place.
We facilitated an easier atmosphere and time for the indispensable diplomacy to take place in the coming (weeks and) days in order to bring some stability to the situation that needs it very, very badly
A bit earlier, he said the greatest risk he saw before the compromise reached was that it was not reversible: My concern as nuclear watchdog...unlike what was being said, the situation would not, would not be reversible or recoverable. We would basically be flying blind without
any idea of what would be taking place in terms of enrichment activities and other relevant activities in Iran
Irrespective of...that interruption, we would have lost an idea of what might have happened in between.
I went to Iran because we were sleepwalking into that exact situation without someone doing something about it.
..This is a system that allows us to continue to monitor & register all the key activities that are taking place throughout this period so that at the end of it, we can recover all this information...
..This is a system that allows us to continue to monitor & register all the key activities that are taking place throughout this period so that at the end of it, we can recover all this information...
I went to Iran because we were sleepwalking into that exact situation without someone doing something about it....

At the end of it, if there is no agreement, everything is destroyed. There is no confidence anymore. We are back to square one.

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