Iran shuts down nuclear watchdog’s cameras — Analysis
Tehran says it will stop ‘voluntary’ cooperation with IAEA outside of Nonproliferation Treaty
Tehran declared that Tehran is ending its nuclear program “voluntary”On Wednesday, the International Atomic Energy Agency was cooperating with it. The move would see the UN nuclear watchdog’s cameras at the Iranian nuclear facilities dismantled if they are not covered by the NPT safeguards, the Iranian authorities have explained.
Iran had shut down the On-Line Enrichment Monitor, (OLEM), and flow meter that were installed at its nuclear sites by IAEA. The UN observer was accused by Tehran of not being able to verify the claims. “appreciating”The “extensive cooperation”It had reached out to the Iranian authorities.
The IAEA has failed to understand that this cooperation was a result of Tehran’s “goodwill,” the nation’s atomic energy organization (AEOI) has said in a statement, adding that the IAEA has instead “considered it a duty of Iran.”
The AEOI then said it decided to disconnect two of the IAEA’s monitoring cameras, adding that most cameras are still covered by the NPT safeguards and would “operate as before.”Iranian media reports that about 80% monitoring cameras are covered by this agreement.
The AEOI spokesman, Behrouz Kamalvandi, who oversaw the dismantling procedure, then told Iran’s national TV broadcaster that Tehran would “cease … cooperation that was outside of the [NPT] safeguards agreement.”
Tehran is currently in the midst of mulling “additional measures”Kamalvandi also spoke in this field to journalists. “We plan other steps. “We expect them. [IAEA] to come to their senses, and reciprocate Iran’s cooperation. It is not acceptable for Iran to continue cooperation, whilst the other side does not show proper behavior,”He stated.
This is in response to Tuesday’s draft resolution that was submitted to the IAEA board by France, Germany, France, and the UK. The document accuses Iran of not fully answering the UN nuclear watchdog’s questions about some uranium traces at what has been called undeclared sites. It is expected that the document will be debated at IAEA’s quarterly meeting, which takes place later in this week.
“Safeguards issues”The three nuclear facilities in the Islamic Republic that are allegedly not declared “remain outstanding due to insufficient substantive cooperation by Iran, despite numerous interactions with the agency,”According to the document seen by Reuters,
Tehran has argued that it voluntarily expanded its cooperation with the IAEA beyond the NPT safeguards agreement and expected the collected data not to be shared without Tehran’s consent. “Iran has no hidden or undocumented nuclear activities or … undisclosed sites,”Mohammad Eslami from the AEOI, stated that Wednesday’s evidence of their supposed existence was a lie. “fake documents” aimed at maintaining “maximum pressure” on Tehran.
Iran reached a 2015 agreement with world powers regarding its nuclear program. In exchange for sanctions relief, Tehran accepted additional IAEA control over Iran’s nuclear sites as well as certain enrichment thresholds.
In 2018, then-US President Donald Trump’s administration unilaterally left the deal and reimposed sanctions against Iran, targeting its oil, petrochemicals, shipping and other sectors. The talks between Iran’s world powers and Iran resumed after Joe Biden was elected president of the United States. However, they stopped in March following a year-long negotiation.
Iran demanded guarantees from Washington that any future US president would not withdraw from a new agreement, and asked the US to remove Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from its list of terrorist organizations. These demands were not met by the US.
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