Vienna: The United Nations nuclear watchdog reached an agreement with Iran on Wednesday to replace its surveillance cameras in the centrifuge parts workshop in Karaj, easing the months-long deadlock that could disrupt broader nuclear negotiations.
The broader, indirect negotiations between Iran and the United States to save the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement are deadlocked, but Washington has threatened to confront Tehran on the IAEA’s 35 National Councils if it does not let Karaji this month Relax words.
Diplomats said that any such confrontation could lead to a complete breakdown of negotiations.
“The agreement with Iran on replacing surveillance cameras at the Karaj facility is an important development for the IAEA s verification and monitoring activities in Iran,” the IAEA said in a statement after diplomats told Reuters an agreement had been reached.
“It will enable us to resume necessary continuity of knowledge at this facility,” the IAEA said, adding the new cameras would be installed “in coming days”.
One of the IAEA s four cameras at the workshop in the TESA Karaj complex was destroyed in an apparent sabotage attack in June that Iran blamed on Israel. Iran then removed the cameras and has not let the IAEA return to replace them, angering the United States and its allies.
Iran has shown the IAEA the cameras and “data storage media” containing their footage, except for the one containing the destroyed camera s footage. The IAEA and Western powers have called on Iran to explain where it is.
The greater the gap in understanding of the Karaj incident, the more Western countries worry that Iran has secretly stolen the key components of the centrifuge, which is a machine for enriching uranium.
A senior diplomat said last month that the International Atomic Energy Agency did not know whether Karaj was operating.