The Interview – IAEA’s Grossi on Ukraine: ‘We expect that no use of a nuclear weapon will take place’


Rafael Grossi, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), addressed the danger of nuclear weapons in the war in Ukraine in an interview with FRANCE 24 from Vienna. “We expect that no use of a nuclear weapon whatsoever will take place in this or in any other conflict,” Grossi said when asked about recent threats by Moscow. He went on to call the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant “very precarious”, adding that he was still hoping for a deal on the establishment of a demilitarised safe zone around the plant. “We need to do this now. It’s not impossible, we have a credible, viable proposal on the table,” he said.

Asked about Iran, which recently informed the IAEA that it was tripling its capacity to enrich uranium to 60-percent purity, Grossi said the situation “requires engagement from Iran and the clarification of a number of issues that have been pending for a long time”.

“I really hope that Tehran decides to set the relationship with me, with the IAEA and have a discussion at a political level to be able to move together into the clarification of these things,” Grossi said.

“We need to move. I am expecting a sign that they (Tehran) want to do this,” he concluded.

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