The director of the International Atomic Energy Agency was in Paris on Thursday for a meeting with the French president. In the midst of preparations for his trip to the site of the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, the Argentine diplomat spoke of this mission, while Ukrainians and Russians accused each other of bombing the largest plant in Europe. The IAEA director also talks about the efforts to reactivate the Iranian nuclear agreement in the face of the possibility of a compromise.
RFI: When will you be able to visit the site of the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, leading a mission from the International Atomic Energy Agency?
Rafael Grossi: I must say that we have been working on this for months. It is about carrying out a mission with experts to assess the situation, see what is happening. We know that the plant has been attacked, perhaps indirectly. There was an episode at the beginning of the war, in March, when a building was attacked. And there were also problems with the external power supply, which continues today as well. We have to try to restore the data transmission systems that reach us in Vienna and also try to stabilize the situation at the facility a bit.
Russia has given the green light for the arrival of this mission. What are the remaining obstacles?
A few days ago, before the UN Security Council, you said: “The situation is serious.” Is the situation dangerous at the site of this Ukrainian nuclear power plant, occupied for months by the Russian army?