Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Iran begins to limit inspections on its nuclear program


Iran on Tuesday confirmed the entry into force of the limitation on inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on its nuclear activities, after the expiry of a deadline set by Tehran for the lifting of sanctions American.

“The implementation of (the) law (of Parliament) started this morning,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

“We officially announced on February 15 to the International Atomic Energy Agency that the law of Parliament would be implemented from the morning of February 23,” added Zarif, stressing nonetheless that Tehran’s cooperation with the UN nuclear gendarme continued.

In accordance with a text adopted by the Iranian Parliament in December, the government is required to limit certain inspections by the IAEA on non-nuclear installations, including suspect military sites, in the event of the maintenance of the sanctions reinstated in 2018 by the previous administration. of Donald Trump, after the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal.

In response to the US withdrawal, Iran has gradually freed itself since 2019 from many of the limitations it had agreed to impose on its nuclear program in exchange for easing sanctions against it.

Iran and IAEA – UN “nuclear watchdog” – announced on Sunday a “temporary” deal to maintain oversight of nuclear activities, though reduced, while diplomatic talks begin between the parties to the international agreement framing the Iranian nuclear program concluded in 2015 in Vienna, in order to try to break the current impasse.

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi had assured that his organization remained “able to maintain the necessary degree of surveillance and verification” after talks Sunday with Iranian officials in Tehran.

For his part, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabii on Tuesday welcomed the conclusion of an “effective and reassuring” agreement with Mr. Grossi, saying it would avoid “damaging relations, mutual trust and positive cooperation between Iran and the IAEA “.



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