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Restrictions on IAEA inspection activities came into force in Iran

Restrictions on IAEA inspection activities came into force in Iran

Iran has limited IAEA inspection activities as of February 23 local time.
“As of midnight, there will be no obligations beyond the comprehensive safeguards agreement with the IAEA. The necessary instructions have been given to the (nuclear) facilities,” said Kazem Gharib-Abadi, Iran’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, before February 23 local time.
In late 2020, Iran passed a law that obliges the authorities to suspend implementation of the extended verification additional protocol to the agreement with the IAEA. Iran explained that the measure is reversible if the parties to the nuclear deal comply with Tehran’s requirements, and does not imply the abandonment of cooperation with the IAEA, as well as the cancellation of all inspections – contacts will be held on issues of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

In this connection, IAEA Director-General Raphael Grossi visited Tehran on February 20-21 and reported that a “good result” and “temporary technical understanding” were reached with Iran, according to which the IAEA would continue the “necessary” verification and monitoring activities in Iran. According to the joint statement, it will continue for up to three months and will not contradict the previously adopted law, which implies, among other things, the suspension of expanded IAEA inspections in Iran.

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In turn, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran clarified that Tehran gave three months to lift sanctions so that the IAEA access to information at certain nuclear facilities was restored: the list of facilities is confidential and the IAEA will have no access to them or to the recordings from cameras at the facilities. The list of sites has not been made public.
Iran will keep the information for three months without handing it over to the IAEA. If sanctions are not lifted, the recordings will be erased. However, before Grossi’s visit to Iran, it was reported that the cameras could be dismantled.

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