Sunday, December 10, 2023

Iran implements new restrictions on UN inspections

  • Iran has decided that it will impose new restrictions on the UN Nuclear Inspection teams.
  • Also said the move came after the United States failed to lift economic sanctions over the weekend.
  • So-called “voluntary transparency measures”, including site inspections¬† not regularly monitored, have also suspended.

TEHRAN: Iran implements new restrictions on the UN nuclear watchdog. Because the United States failed to lift economic sanctions over the weekend. It has confirmed on Tuesday.

Further, transitional arrangements negotiated in Tehran on Sunday mean the International Atomic Energy Agency will not “flying blindly” as “political discussions” about the resumption of the 2015 agreement between Tehran and major powers continue, the director Rafael Grossi said.

Washington, however, praised Grossi’s 11-hour diplomacy and urged Tehran “to fully comply with inspections and other non-proliferation obligations” while negotiations continued.

The changes to the IAEA surveillance and inspection regime ordered last year by Iran’s predominantly conservative parliament are the latest in a series of retaliatory measures taken by Iran in reaction to the withdrawal decision of US President Donald Trump in 2018.

Iran’s Foriegn Minister said about new restrictions

“Iran implements new restrictions and implementation started this morning,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told media while addressing.

Footage of surveillance equipment installed by the IAEA on Iran’s nuclear sites to check compliance is now held by Tehran until President Joe Biden lifted the crippling sanctions Trump imposed.

So-called “voluntary transparency measures”, including site inspections not regularly monitored, have also suspended.

Moreover, Zarif said the changes would not have a material direct impact on the work of IAEA inspectors.

“The essence of this agreement is that the data recorded in our nuclear program is stored but not passed on to the IAEA,” the Iranian chief diplomat said.

The data “is never available to the IAEA in real time, but is sent daily or weekly,” he added.

However, if negotiations about a return of the United States to the nuclear deal drag on, that will change.

Furthermore, Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency said that under the new law, if US sanctions will not lift within three months, those records would be deleted.

If the sanctions are not “lifted completely in the next three months,” the data will also be “destroyed forever,”.

Biden hinted at readiness to revive the nuclear deal. But he also urged Iran to return to all of its nuclear commitments first.

Although Tehran urged Washington to take the first step by lifting sanctions.

Biden’s government has said it is ready to join EU-led talks with Iran to seek a compromise.

Related: Iran resume nuclear commitments when US lift sanctions

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