Iran Starts Limiting UN Inspections Until US Lifts Sanctions
Umer Jamshaid 6 days ago Tue 23rd February 2021 | 09:48 PM
Iran said Tuesday it had started to restrict some site inspections by the UN nuclear watchdog in response to the US refusal so far to lift sanctions imposed by former president Donald Trump
Tehran, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Feb, 2021 ) :Iran said Tuesday it had started to restrict some site inspections by the UN nuclear watchdog in response to the US refusal so far to lift sanctions imposed by former president Donald Trump.
Interim arrangements agreed at talks Sunday in Tehran meant the International Atomic Energy Agency would not be "flying blind" while "political discussions" on restoring a 2015 deal between Tehran and major powers go ahead, IAEA director Rafael Grossi has said.
But while praising Grossi's 11th-hour diplomacy, Washington called on Tehran to "fully meet its verification and other nuclear non-proliferation commitments" under the deal while talks were under way.
The changes to the IAEA's monitoring and inspection regime, which were ordered by Iran's conservative-dominated parliament last year, are the latest in a series of retaliatory measures Iran has adopted in response to Trump's 2018 withdrawal from the agreement.
Recordings from monitoring equipment the IAEA installed at Iran's nuclear sites to verify its compliance will now be withheld by Tehran until US President Joe Biden has lifted the crippling sanctions imposed by Trump.
So-called "voluntary transparency measures", including snap inspections of sites not under regular monitoring -- are also suspended.
Zarif said the changes would have no major immediate impact on the work of the IAEA inspectors.
The data "had never been supplied to the IAEA in real time but had been handed over on a daily or weekly basis," he said.
If talks on a US return to the nuclear deal drag on, that will change, however.