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IAEA chief heads to Tehran, as Iran's 83.7% enrichment triggers alarm  

The visit comes ahead of Grossi's trip to the US, and at the height of tensions between the nuclear watchdog and the Islamic Republic as the latter continues to ramp up nuclear enrichment toward the weapons-grade bar.   
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The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi will land in Tehran late Friday for talks on the Islamic Republic's nuclear activities, Iran's state media outlets reported. The visit comes as nuclear talks hit a stalemate with the West, and amid warnings that Iran's uranium enrichment is closer to the weapons-grade bar. 

On his fourth trip to Tehran since taking the helm in late 2019, Grossi is expected to sit down with Iran's atomic chief Mohammad Eslami. More importantly, however, he is reported to have requested a meeting with hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi.

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