Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed that his country would not allow the Iranian regime, which he described as extremist and aggressive, to possess nuclear weapons.
He also said in statements today, Tuesday: We do not count on any agreement with an extremist regime like the Iranian regime. He added, “We will make every effort to prevent Iran from supplying nuclear weapons, regardless of whether there is an agreement or not.”
These statements come after the US administration showed flexibility towards returning to the European negotiating table with Iran on the nuclear deal, on the condition that Tehran abstain from all its violations before lifting any of the US sanctions previously imposed.
Start to reduce the work of the inspectors
It also coincided with the entry into force of the work of inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency today. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif confirmed that Iran began on Tuesday to reduce the work of IAEA inspectors, after the expiration of a deadline set by Parliament to lift the sanctions imposed by Washington following its withdrawal from the nuclear agreement.
He also said, “We officially informed the International Agency on February 15 that the Council’s law will come into effect as of 23 F,” according to what was quoted by the official news agency “IRNA”. “Therefore, this decision came into effect this morning,” he added.
It is noteworthy that the Shura Council was a request from the government of President Hassan Rouhani to reduce the work of inspectors in the event that the February 21 deadline expires without lifting the sanctions imposed by the United States as of 2018 after the decision of its former president, Donald Trump, to unilaterally withdraw from the agreement concluded between Iran and the six major powers.
Most recent rollback
This step is the latest in a series of measures that Iran has started since mid-2019, which included a gradual retreat from many of its basic obligations under the 2015 Vienna Agreement, with its assurance that it will return to its implementation if the sanctions are fully lifted, which Washington rejects.
And Kazem Gharib Abadi, Iran’s ambassador to the organization, Anas confirmed on Monday that the measure will take effect at midnight (20:30 GMT).
Iran reduced the work of inspectors by suspending voluntary commitment to the Additional Protocol to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, but maintained its commitment to the safeguards agreement linked to the treaty.
This means, among other things, that Iran will not allow inspectors access to non-nuclear installations, especially military ones, if there are suspicions of illegal nuclear activities, according to Al-Arabiya.
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