“It is clear that we don’t have many months ahead of us. We have rather weeks.”
https://www.jpost.com-By YONAH JEREMY BOB, REUTERS
“It is clear that we don’t have many months ahead of us,” he said in an interview for the Reuters Next conference. “We have rather weeks.”
While at the time, Grossi was not necessarily endorsing all of Israel’s and Sunni countries’ criticism of loopholes in the prior nuclear deal, his recognition that Iran’s progress in designing more advanced centrifuges required some new thinking gained him praise from Israel and an angry rebuke from Iran.
One possibility of the change in tone could be alarm that his inspectors will be thrown out of the Islamic Republic on February 21 if there is not significant progress.
Officials from US President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration have said they intend to rejoin the nuclear deal, but it is not their first priority, and they wish to do so as part of a process leading to an add-on deal to restrain some of Iran’s other destructive behaviors.
Another possibility is that they do not mean there must be major progress by February 21, but at least initial progress that stops the expulsion of IAEA inspectors and slows or stops the enrichment of uranium to 20% levels, which is considered much closer to being weaponized than at lower 5% levels.