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International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi called for diplomacy with Tehran after the agency reported that Iran increased its production of uranium enriched to near weapons grade. Grossi also criticized Iran for restricting cooperation with the agency.
There are growing concerns about Iran's continued enrichment and new nuclear facilities as well as possible missile sales to Russia.
The United States and Iran took steps to de-escalate tensions over the past few weeks, but it is unclear if the progress will lead to a resumption of talks over Iran’s advancing nuclear program. Meanwhile, the E3 will keep in place certain sanctions on Iran and the IAEA states current safeguards issues remain unresolved.
The space for negotiations between Washington and Tehran over Iran's advancing nuclear program may be opening up after U.S. and Iranian officials expressed support for reaching an agreement and Iran took limited steps to increase monitoring of its nuclear program.
Iran agreed to additional monitoring of its nuclear program and to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) investigation into past activities that Tehran should have declared to the agency. The March 4 agreement between Iran and the IAEA came the agency reported an expansion of Iran's proliferation sensitive activities.