The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog said that it reached a deal with Iran to carry out its necessary monitory activities and verifications for up to three months. However, under the new agreement, there will be no snap inspection from Tuesday with significantly less access.
On Sunday, while speaking to news reporters after his return from Iran, Rafael Grossi, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, stated that the negotiations with authorities in Tehran had produced a “good result” that salvages the situation for now.
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He said, “we reached a temporary bilateral technical understanding whereby the agency is going to continue its necessary verification and monitoring activities for a period of up to three months.” he further added that both the parties agreed to keep the understanding under constant review. Grossi added that the global watchdog had solved a critical problem that could pave the way for political consultations towards a road to peace.
However, Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization said in a statement that the IAEA access under the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal and additional protocol will be completely suspended starting from Tuesday. The organization further stressed that no access would be given to the global watchdog beyond the safeguards of the historic nuclear pact signed between Tehran and six major world powers.
But it stated that the regime had agreed to keep recording its inspection equipment for up to three months without giving access to the IAEA. The Organizations said that if Washington lifts sanctions in three months, Iran will release its information, otherwise, it would erase it “forever.”
On the other hand, the Iranian parliament speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, who criticized the law that limits inspections from Tuesday, said that any access beyond the safeguards of the treaty would be illegal. Moreover, the visit of the international agencies head comes ahead of the February 23 deadline that Tehran set for the US to lift the sanctions reimposed by the former President Trump.
Although Grossi did not offer further details into the agreement, the Iranian foreign minister earlier stated that the Iranian regime won’t allow IEAE to access footage of its nuclear sites. While talking to the news reporters, he said that under the new law passed by Iran’s parliament, the snap inspections would be suspended.
In recent years, since the former President unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear pact, Iran has been breaching its end of the deal. However, the newly-elected President has expressed his willingness to rejoin the deal, albeit Iran commits to giving up its nuclear ambitions. Iranian authorities have demanded that Washington takes the first step as it was the one who withdrew from the historic Iran Nuclear Deal.
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