Iran thwarts attack on atomic energy agency building

Iran says IAEA access to nuclear sites images has ended, extension possible


Dubai: The spokesperson of the Iranian Congress told Iran’s national television station on Sunday that the three-month monitoring agreement between Tehran and the UN nuclear watchdog expired on Saturday, adding that access to images of the nuclear power plant would be stopped.

Rafael Grossi, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), will hold a press conference on Sunday afternoon. The International Atomic Energy Agency said that he is negotiating with Iran to expand monitoring arrangements, which may have an impact on Tehran and the six countries to resume negotiations on the 2015 nuclear agreement.

“From May 22 and with the end of the three-month agreement, the agency will have no access to data collected by cameras inside the nuclear facilities agreed under the agreement,” state TV quoted Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf as saying.

Iran s state TV also quoted an unnamed official saying that the agreement between the agency and Tehran could be extended “conditionally” for a month.

“If extended for a month and if during this period major powers … accept Iran s legal demands, then the data will be handed over to the agency. Otherwise the images will be deleted forever,” according to the member of Iran s Supreme National Security Council.

Western diplomats have warned that not extending the IAEA deal could seriously harm efforts to salvage the 2015 nuclear accord, which aims to keep Iran from being able to make nuclear arms, which Tehran says it has never wanted to build.

Iran and global powers have held several rounds of negotiations since April in Vienna, working on steps that Tehran and Washington must take, on sanctions and nuclear activities, to return to full compliance with the nuclear pact.

After former President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the deal in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions, Iran began to gradually violate the terms of the 2015 agreement with the world powers.

Iranian pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Tehran will continue the talks in Vienna until a final agreement is reached. According to Iranian official media reports, he also reiterated earlier this week that “Washington has agreed to lift sanctions on Iran.”

However, other parties to the talks and Iran’s top nuclear negotiator said earlier this week that some key issues need further discussion to restore the nuclear agreement.

In order to put pressure on President Joe Biden’s government to return to the nuclear agreement and lift sanctions, Iran’s hardline-ruled parliament passed a law last year to end its obligations and allow short notice inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Whether nuclear work is secretly used for military purposes. .

In order to give diplomatic opportunities, the supervisory agency and Iran reached an agreement in February that, although cooperation with the agency will be reduced in Tehran, the IAEA’s supervision and verification activities will still be “continued” in the Islamic Republic.

Qalibaf told parliament s open session, aired by state TV, that Iran s ultimate authority, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, backed the law.

“Yesterday it was discussed and the decision was made. The law passed by the parliament will be implemented. The supreme leader has underlined the importance of implementing the law as well,” Qalibaf said.

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