Iran has taken concrete steps following its threat to reduce cooperation with inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Iran has officially started prohibiting international inspections of its nuclear facilities. Government TV aired news about this on Tuesday. Iran’s move aims to pressure European countries and the US (Biden administration) to lift the economic sanctions and restore the 2015 Nuclear Deal.
The news broadcast on state TV says that Iran has taken concrete steps after its threat to reduce cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors. Iran has said that its plan is to halt the implementation of the ‘Additional Protocol’, which took place between Tehran and the IAEA under the historic nuclear deal. This provision gives more powers to UN inspectors to inspect Iran’s nuclear installations and nuclear programs.
IAEA to be prevented from obtaining photographs of nuclear sites
However, it is unclear how this access will be limited. At the same time, Iran’s Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif has said that the IAEA will be barred from receiving photographs of surveillance cameras at nuclear sites. Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization has promised to keep the pictures or footage of these cameras with them for three months and then hand them over to the IAEA only if it relaxes the sanctions.
America out of nuclear deal
Significantly, about three years ago, the then President of America, Donald Trump, separated America from the nuclear deal and imposed a new ban on Iran, which caused the economy of this Gulf country to collapse. Iran has announced a gradual violation of the 2015 sanctions to increase pressure on the Biden administration. Iran is firm on its demand that it will not agree to anything less than the sanctions imposed by Trump. The Biden administration wants the 2015 nuclear deal back on track for its implementation, but is not receiving the expected response from Tehran. Iran’s tough stance has made the way forward.
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