The IAEA announces a one-month extension of the “inspection and surveillance” activities in Iran

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced on Monday an agreement with Iran to extend the “verification and monitoring activities” in the Central Asian country by one month as part of the talks in the Austrian capital Vienna.

“We were able to reach an agreement on some things related to the temporary technical understanding in February,” said the organization’s director, Rafael Grossi, in a press conference.

For this reason, it has been detailed that the agreed points imply that the information collected by the IAEA “will be kept and under the care of the Agency” and that “the equipment, verification and monitoring activities will continue as before for a month and then June 24th, 2021 will expire “.

The IAEA announces a one-month extension of the “inspection and surveillance” activities in Iran
The IAEA announces a one-month extension of the “inspection and surveillance” activities in Iran

Grossi has stressed that “this is not in line with the additional transparency measures provided for in the nuclear agreement and the additional protocol” that Iran has suspended. “It is a temporary measure,” he said before defending that the goal is “to avoid being completely blind”.

“It is not ideal,” argued Grossi, who stressed that thanks to this temporary measure, the IAEA is not currently “blind”. “We had to find a way,” he argued.

The Iranian government stressed this Monday that it is possible to reach an agreement on its nuclear program if the United States makes the “political decision” to opt out of the “failed legacy” of Donald Trump by lifting sanctions imposed on it remove the land.

The spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Said Jatibzadé, emphasized in the talks in the Austrian capital Vienna that “it is very clear that considerable progress has been made and that there is an understanding”.

He revealed that there was an agreement on “economic and key issues” before adding that “the bracket in the text for lifting sanctions has largely been removed and few things are left”. “What is missing is significant. It needs to be addressed,” he said.

“There are some pending issues with the executive agreements, including the review, but they have also made good progress,” Jatibzadé said, according to Iranian broadcaster Press TV.

For this reason, he has defended that “instead of investing time and energy in Vienna to defend Trump’s failed legacy, the United States is changing course and honoring its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal and resolution 2231 (of the United Nations Security Council) should return) “.

“In this case, the way forward will not be long,” he argued, stressing that any agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would require “results” at the talks in Vienna.

During the day on Sunday, the President of the Iranian Parliament, Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, announced that once the protocol it was regulating expired, the IAEA would no longer have access to the security images of the works of the Islamic Republic.

Jatibzadé’s words came shortly after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken regretted having “no answers” about Iran’s possible return to the nuclear deal – which Washington unilaterally abandoned in 2018 – when he was well defending that Tehran “knows what to do “if this is the case wants to be part of it again.

Iran has so far announced the withdrawal of its commitments on several points of the agreement, which has sparked fear among the other signatories of a possible collapse of the pact. However, the Iranian authorities have consistently argued that these steps can be reversed if the United States withdraws sanctions and reverts to the agreement.

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