Rafael Mariano Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, delivered a statement on September 14 to the agency’s Board of Governors during a meeting in Vienna, Austria.
Grossi briefed Member States on nuclear verification and monitoring in Iran. He explained that he had met with President Rouhani during a visit to Iran and that they had reached agreement on the resolution of the safeguards implementation issues raised by the IAEA.
Lebanon mission: Grossi also announced that an IAEA assistance mission is currently on the ground in Lebanon. The mission will provide assistance with radiation surveying, sampling, and analysis, and advise on potential radiation hazards, following the catastrophic explosion at the Port of Beirut last month.
Pandemic support: Grossi discussed the significant IAEA support to countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and referred to ongoing work on the IAEA's Zoonotic Disease Integrated Action (ZODIAC) project.
IAEA info: The Board, which meets five times a year at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, is one of the agency’s main policy making bodies.