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‘Increasingly difficult’ to extend Iran monitoring agreement, UN nuclear watchdog chief says

KAEA Director General Rafael Grossi June 7.– Talks to extend the agreement allowing UN inspectors to monitor Iranian nuclear activity are becoming increasingly arduous, the head of the organization’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said.

In May, the nuclear watchdog and Iran agreed on a one-month extension to the monitoring deal until June 24 after the original three-month agreement expired.

“I think it’s becoming increasingly difficult,” IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi told a press conference on Monday, after being asked how realistic it was for both parties to agree to a further extension later this month.

The previous extension came after a “very long conversation,” Grossi said, adding that the space in which a consensus can be reached is “narrowing down.”

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