The Iranian Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) this Saturday denied that the Iranian authorities were implicated in the disappearance of surveillance camera recordings at the Karaj nuclear facility outside Tehran, which houses uranium enrichment centrifuges.
“The recordings were destroyed in a sabotage,” said the IAEA in a statement published on Saturday about the incident in June, which led to the shutdown of the facility. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has asked Iran to clarify what happened.
Therefore, Tehran has called on the IAEA to prevent its member countries from being the subject of this type of sabotage attack instead of holding Iran responsible for what happened.
On Friday, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi called on the Iranian authorities to provide a convincing response to the disappearance of Karaj’s security material.
The place has long stood for the deterioration of the 2015 nuclear deal signed between Iran and the international community. Since the US withdrawal on the orders of then President Donald Trump, Iran has resumed US sanctions. In response, the Islamic Republic has increasingly abandoned its obligations.
The special case of the Karaj recordings is that, according to Iran, they are technically not part of the deal. The facility is the “crime scene” of an Israeli attack that took place in June, according to Tehran, and which resulted in the exchange of surveillance cameras and recordings that the UN agency often uses to investigate developments in the nuclear program. Now some of the footage seems to have disappeared.
“I hope you will give me an answer because I find that very strange,” said Grossi on Friday after he had indicated that the organization knows Karaj very well and might notice even the smallest changes on the next visit.
Grossi noted, however, that Iran has agreed to install additional cameras this coming February, which he believes was a positive development of his visit to the country that was carried out this week, during which he met with the head of the IAEA, Mohamad Eslami, met.
Indeed, shortly thereafter, Eslami recalled that the 2015 nuclear deal provided for the Karaj facilities to be outside of these safeguards and stressed that the authorities would not make any additional commitments in this regard, Iranian news agency Mehr said.
He declared that relations between Tehran and the IAEA must conform to the norms of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and condemned Western countries and Israel to resort to “psychological operations” and “propaganda” to damage Iran’s image.