UN inspectors will have limited access to Iran’s facilities, said Rafael Grossi, IAEA’s general manager. ‘What we have agreed is something that is viable, it is useful to bridge the gap that we have, it saves the situation for the moment. We have a sensible result. ‘ Grossi returned to Vienna on Sunday evening after talks in Tehran.
Grossi declined to go into the details of his deal with the Iranian government. However, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said UN inspectors will no longer be able to access images from cameras in the nuclear facilities. Those surveillance cameras have been there since the 2015 Iran deal, in which Iran pledged to scale back its nuclear activities in exchange for the relaxation of international sanctions against the country.
After previous US President Donald Trump blew up that accord in 2019, Iran no longer felt bound by the agreements and, among other things, stepped up the enrichment of uranium needed to make an atomic bomb.
Last December, the Iranian parliament increased pressure on the US and Europe by passing a new law. It obliged the government to increase uranium enrichment and to stop UN inspections if the economic sanctions are not lifted within two months. It now appears Iran is holding the door ajar for UN inspectors. Grossi insists his inspectors can continue to monitor the activities of the Iranians.
The bill was passed days after the murder of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, one of Iran’s foremost nuclear scientists. Tehran accuses Israel of the liquidation. Jerusalem cried for years that Fakhrizadeh played a vital role in Iran’s efforts to become a nuclear power.
The recently appointed US President Joe Biden wants to restore the Irandeal.
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