Tuesday, February 23, 2021

IAEA and Iran agreed to monitor nuclear facilities: Politics: World: Lenta.ru


The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran have reached technical understanding on monitoring Iranian nuclear facilities. About this in Twitter written by IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi.

In his opinion, this will help stabilize the shaken situation and organize further political consultations on Iranian nuclear activities. “Intensive consultations have yielded good results. Provisional technical agreement reached. The IAEA will continue the necessary verification and monitoring in Iran, ”the head of the agency stressed.

Grossi paid a visit to Iran on February 20-21 to discuss activities at its nuclear facilities in connection with the entry into force of a new Iranian law on February 23, which provides for a reduction in the volume of inspections, TASS reported.

The IAEA Director General explained that because of this, the additional protocol will be suspended, which means a decrease in the amount of access to nuclear facilities. However, the number of IAEA inspectors in Iran will not change. Also, the IAEA will not have access to cameras at nuclear facilities in Iran after February 23, but this data will be stored for three months in case the US sanctions are lifted.

In general, the new interim technical agreement will not allow verification to be carried out in the same volume, but it will proceed in a satisfactory manner, concluded Grossi.

In August 2020, Iran agreed to grant IAEA observers access to two former nuclear facilities that it considers suspicious. Earlier, Tehran did not allow its representatives to visit these two facilities for about six months, and for a year it also refused a meaningful discussion about possible undeclared nuclear materials and nuclear activity.





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