Iran has yet to decide to extend IAEA surveillance deal – Newspaper
DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran said on Monday it had not yet decided whether or not to extend the monitoring agreement with the UN nuclear watchdog, which expired last week, while Washington warned that Tehran’s non-renewal would complicate negotiations to revive its 2015 nuclear deal.
“No decision has yet been taken, whether negative or positive, on the extension of the monitoring agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),” the ministry spokesman said. Foreign Minister Saeed Khatibzadeh at a weekly televised press conference.
Iran and world powers are in negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, under which Iran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.
Washington abandoned the deal in 2018, and Tehran responded by violating some of its nuclear restrictions. In February, Iran ended an agreement with the IAEA that allowed additional inspections of Iranian nuclear sites. Some inspections were extended under temporary agreements, but those expired last Thursday.
The IAEA on Friday demanded an immediate response from Iran on whether it would extend the deal, while US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said any failure to extend it would be of “serious concern” for officials. broader negotiations.
France’s foreign ministry said in a daily briefing on Monday that it regretted Iran’s lack of response, but declined to say whether it would have broader implications for the broader talks.
“Iran must resume cooperation with the IAEA and immediately restore full access,” he said.
Iran said last week that the country’s top security organ, the Supreme National Security Council, would decide whether to renew temporary agreements, under which data and images are still being collected in some places where inspections have stopped.
“In addition, there has been no new decision regarding the removal of data and images from IAEA cameras,” Khatibzadeh said.
On Sunday, the speaker of Iran’s parliament said Tehran would never turn over pictures of the interior of some Iranian nuclear sites to the IAEA, as the agreement with the agency has expired.
Iran’s talks with world powers over the nuclear pact, underway since April 9, were halted last week and are expected to resume in the coming days. The parties said last week that significant gaps remain. “Many issues have been sufficiently negotiated (…) Now the other parties must make difficult decisions if they want to restore the agreement”, declared the Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi, quoted by the official media.
Posted in Dawn, June 29, 2021