Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Iran now officially restricts UN inspections of nuclear facilities Abroad


The Iranian nuclear energy agency AEOI will no longer cooperate with the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) under the IAEA Additional Protocol, but only on the basis of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Consequently, there will be restrictions on inspections of nuclear installations.

On Sunday evening, Iran and IAEA chief Rafael Grossi reached an agreement on nuclear inspections. It was decided that the UN can continue the controls, but that they will be limited for three months. During that period, the video images from IAEA surveillance cameras will be confiscated. Grossi hopes that a broader agreement can be reached by then.

Earlier, Tehran had announced that IAEA inspectors would no longer be granted unrestricted access to Iran’s nuclear facilities on Tuesday. The laboriously obtained nuclear deal that Iran concluded in 2015 with the US, China, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Russia, threatens to become an empty box. The agreements that were then made were to ensure that the country could no longer produce nuclear weapons. In exchange for the Iranian pledges, the economic sanctions would be lifted.

Iran had stopped complying with the nuclear deal after former US President Donald Trump unilaterally decided to withdraw his country from the deal. Trump had also instituted new sanctions.



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