The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations nuclear monitoring agency, said it has agreed with Iran to extend nuclear inspections of Iran by up to three months.
According to Reuters, IAEA Secretary General Rafael Grossie, who returned from the talks in Tehran, Iran, met with reporters at Vienna International Airport on the 21st (local time) and explained the agreement. “What we agreed is not only possible, but we It will help to bridge the gap and restore the current situation.” In addition, Mr. Grossey said, “There must be political negotiations for a stable and sustainable situation,” suggesting that a dialogue window has been created to continue nuclear inspections.
Nevertheless, the IAEA’s nuclear inspections were subject to significant restrictions. This is because Iran enters into force a bill that would suspend some nuclear inspections from the 22nd if sanctions from the United States are not lifted. “The law will come into effect soon. Unfortunately, the’additional protocol (protocol)’ will be discontinued.” ‘Additional Protocol’ means that the IAEA has the authority to conduct nuclear inspections without prior notice, even in places not disclosed by Iran. Mr. Grossey did not explain how the nuclear inspections of Iran were specifically restricted, but added that “the number of IAEA inspectors in Iran will not decrease, and the necessary monitoring and verification work can still be maintained.”
Following the talks with the IAEA, Iran is expected to hold informal talks on the nuclear agreement (JCPOA, Comprehensive Joint Action Plan) proposed by the European Union in the near future. Iran’s Vice Foreign Minister Abbas Arakchi said in an interview on Iran’s state-run TV on the 21st, “We are reviewing the informal talks proposed by the high-ranking European Union Foreign and Security Policy Representative Josef Borrell.” Earlier, the US has announced its intention to join if the EU holds negotiations for the restoration of JCPOA, so it is predicted that the deadlock between the US and Iran could be resolved through EU arbitration.
Iran signed a JCPOA with the United States in 2015 when Barack Obama served as former US President. The JCPOA, which Iran signed with five permanent members of the UN Security Council (US, UK, France, Russia, China) and six countries including Germany, aims to lift US sanctions against Iran instead of restricting Iran’s nuclear activities. . In 2018, former President Donald Trump unilaterally destroyed JCPOA, but President Joe Biden has pledged to return to the JCPOA.
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