Nuclear watchdog says Iran to offer ‘less access’ but still allow inspectors to ‘monitor program’

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The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Sunday that Iran will continue to allow “monitoring” of its nuclear program but also said there would be less access and no more surprise inspections.

This comes after Tehran had threatened to halt United Nations inspections of its nuclear facilities.

“The United States is addicted to sanctions, but they should know that Iran will not yield to pressure,” said foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. “We are not seeking nuclear weapons.”

STATEMENT FROM THE IAEA: The AEOI informed the IAEA that in order to comply with the act passed by the Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Iran called “Strategic Action to Cease Actions and Protect the interest of Iranian Nation” (The “Law”) Iran will stop the implementation of the voluntary measures as envisaged in the JCPOA, as of 23 February 2021.

In view of the above and in order for the Agency to continue its verification and monitoring activities, the AEOI and the IAEA agreed:

1. That Iran continues to implement fully and without limitation its Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA as before.

2. To a temporary bilateral technical understanding, compatible with the Law, whereby the IAEA will continue with its necessary verification and monitoring activities for up to 3 months (as per technical annex).

3. To keep the technical understanding under regular review to ensure it continues to achieve its purposes.

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