Iran says IAEA’s visit to nuclear power plant images has ended
The expiration of the three-month supervision agreement between Tehran and the UN nuclear supervisory agency has raised questions about the talks.
The spokesperson of the Iranian parliament said that the three-month monitoring agreement between Tehran and the UN nuclear supervisory agency has expired and its visits to obtain images from certain Iranian nuclear bases will cease.
Sunday’s announcement raised further questions about the future of indirect dialogue between the United States and Iran on the nuclear issue. Restoring the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.
“Beginning on May 22, the three-month agreement ends, (IAEA) agencies will not be able to access data collected by cameras in nuclear facilities under the agreement,” National Television quoted Congressman Mohamed Bagel. Gary Buff said.
The International Atomic Energy Agency and Tehran reached a three-month monitoring agreement in February to ease Iran’s efforts to reduce its cooperation with the agency and allow monitoring of certain activities that should continue.
Rafael Grossi, the chairman of the International Atomic Energy Agency, is negotiating with Iran to extend the agreement.
European diplomats said last week that failure to reach an agreement on the extension would put the broader indirect negotiations between Washington and Tehran on the restoration of the 2015 agreement into crisis. These negotiations are scheduled to resume in Vienna this week.
The IAEA originally planned for Grossi to hold a press conference on Sunday, but said he was still “consulting with Tehran” and his press conference had been postponed until Monday morning.
Quoting an Iranian official who asked not to be named, the agreement between the IAEA and Tehran could be extended “conditionally” for one month.
“If it is extended for one month, and if the major powers… accept Iran’s legal requirements during this period, then the data will be transferred to the agency. Otherwise, these pictures will be deleted forever.” A member of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran said.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Tehran will continue the talks in Vienna until a final agreement is reached.
According to official Iranian media reports, he also reiterated an earlier statement that “Washington has agreed to lift sanctions on Iran.”
U.S. says it’s unclear whether Iran is ready to return to the agreement
Since April, Iran has held several rounds of negotiations with global powers in Vienna, Austria, and is committed to the sanctions and nuclear activities that Tehran and Washington must take to make them fully comply with the nuclear agreement.
After former President Donald Trump (Donald Trump), Iran began to gradually violate the terms of the 2015 agreement with the world powers Withdraw from the U.S. From the 2018 transaction and re-impose sanctions.
On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Brinken said that it is unclear whether Iran is “prepared and willing” to take the necessary steps to restore compliance with the multi-nuclear agreement.
Before the fifth round of talks to save the agreement in Vienna, Brinken was asked about Iran’s report that Washington had agreed to lift some sanctions that weakened Iran’s economy.
He said on ABC’s “This Week”: “We know what sanctions will need to be lifted if the sanctions do not comply with the nuclear agreement.”
He added that, more importantly, “I think Iran knows what needs to be done to restore nuclear compliance. We have not yet seen whether Iran is ready and willing to make a decision.