Iran agrees to keep cameras at nuclear sites for another month

Those cameras helped it monitor Tehran’s program to see if it is complying with the nuclear deal.Iran’s hard-line parliament in December approved a bill that would suspend part of U.N. Iran long has maintained its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. Iran and the U.S. He said Tehran’s civilian nuclear agency, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, would keep the material already recorded by the IAEA cameras.”We recommend the negotiating countries to seize the extra opportunity provided by Iran in good faith for the complete lifting of sanctions in a practical and verifiable manner,” Gharibabadi wrote. Biden. aren’t directly negotiating, however.In February, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” President Biden was “determined” to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.”He believes that hardheaded, clear-eyed diplomacy is the best way to do that,” Sullivan said of Mr. necessary to produce a nuclear device.”Negotiations continue in Vienna to see if both the U.S. and others to reach terms with Iran as it presses a tough stance with the international community over its atomic program. I think it’s in everybody’s interests.”
First published on May 24, 2021 / 10:42 AM 08:17

Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s ambassador to the IAEA, called Monday’s agreement “commendable.””It will help maintain businesslike atmosphere at the Vienna talks on #JCPOA and facilitate a successful outcome of the diplomatic efforts to restore the nuclear deal,” he wrote on Twitter, using an acronym for the deal.But if a deal isn’t reached in a month’s time, that footage again would be in jeopardy. “And so he’s prepared to go to the table to talk to the Iranians about how we get strict constraints back on their nuclear program.”

Sullivan: Biden ready for Iran talks, vows re… So far, Grossi has been dealing with the administration of the relatively moderate President Hassan Rouhani, which clinched the nuclear deal. “I’d want to stress this is not ideal,” Grossi said. He acknowledged that challenges remain, however, as the agency still can’t access images taken by its cameras. “This is like an emergency device that we came up with in order for us to continue having these monitoring activities.”

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Under a confidential agreement called an “Additional Protocol” with Iran, the IAEA collects and analyzes images from a series of surveillance cameras installed at Iranian nuclear sites. Salehi said Monday that Tehran had stockpiled 5 tons of uranium enriched up to 5% purity, 198 pounds enriched up to 20% and 5.5 pounds up to 60%. The West fears it could be used to help Tehran potentially obtain an atomic bomb, though U.S. Iran agrees to keep surveillance cameras at its nuclear sites for one more month: “Not ideal”

Updated on: May 24, 2021 / 3:52 PM

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Iran blaming Israel for attack on nuclear fac… “We deal with Iran and the Iranian people will give itself its new government in the next elections,” Grossi said. That’s still below weapons-grade levels of 90% purity. and Iran can re-enter the deal, which limited Tehran’s enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. Asked about that, Grossi simply said: “We are going to discuss that when we get to that point.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in 2019

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He also acknowledged Iran’s upcoming June 18 presidential election could mean new faces at the negotiating table. “So I’m not worried and I’m confident that whoever comes next will, of course, continue cooperating with the IAEA. inspections of its nuclear facilities if European signatories did not provide relief from oil and banking sanctions by February.The IAEA then struck a three-month deal with Iran in February to have it hold the surveillance images, with Tehran threatening to delete them afterward if no deal had been reached.Iran has broken all the nuclear deal’s limits after then-President Trump in 2018 unilaterally withdrew America from the accord. The Islamic Republic is already enriching and stockpiling uranium at levels far beyond those allowed by its 2015 nuclear deal.Speaking at a news conference Monday in Vienna, IAEA Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi told journalists the extension on cameras came after a discussion with Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s civilian nuclear program. The last-minute discussions, including the International Atomic Energy Agency pushing back a statement planned for Sunday, further underscored the narrowing window for the U.S. 01:59

Iran and the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agreed on Monday to a one-month extension to a deal on surveillance cameras at Tehran’s atomic sites, buying more time for ongoing negotiations seeking to save the country’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers. 10:29

Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s representative to the IAEA, acknowledged the deal at the same time on Twitter. intelligence agencies say they “assess that Iran is not currently undertaking the key nuclear weapons-development activities … Analysts believe hard-liners have an edge going into the vote.