UN Watchdog 'Hopeful' for Iran Deal but Concerned by Tehran's Nuclear Activities

UN nuclear watchdog chief says he warned Iran that it wasn't being transparent enough about its uranium enrichment activities

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In this photo Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks in a live interview with state-run TV, at the presidency office in Tehran, Iran on Monday.
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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)'s chief said on Tuesday he is still hopeful for a deal between Iran and world powers to revive the 2015 nuclear pact but that talks were struggling and the moment could be lost.

"We are, of course, still hopeful that some agreement is going to be reached within a reasonable time frame, although we have to recognize the fact that the window of opportunity could be closed any anytime," IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said, speaking to European Parliament committees via webstream.

In addition, Grossi recalls having warned Iran that the country was not being transparent enough about its nuclear activities. "In the last few months we were able to identify traces of enriched uranium in places that had never been declared by Iran as places where any activity was taking place," he said. 

Three weeks ago, the UN watchdog agency installed surveillance cameras to monitor a new centrifuge workshop at Iran's underground Natanz site after a request from Tehran after Iran's centrifuge facility in Karaj found itself targeted in what Iran described as a sabotage attack in June. 

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