The IAEA denounces Tehran's "fatal blow."

The IAEA denounces Tehran’s “fatal blow.”


The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Thursday (June 9th) denounced Iran’s decision to withdraw 27 surveillance cameras from its nuclear activities, fearing that the measures would lead to “Fatal blow” to talks on Iranian nuclear power in Vienna. Iran on Wednesday informed the IAEA of its decision in response to a resolution criticizing Tehran. This measure “Naturally poses a serious challenge to our ability to continue working there.”, said UN High Commissioner Rafael Grossi at a news conference in Vienna. The IAEA verifies and monitors the implementation of Iran’s commitments under the 2015 nuclear agreement in Vienna with the major powers.

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Talks began a year ago in the Austrian capital in an attempt to reintegrate the United States into the 2018 pact denounced by former US President Donald Trump and bring Iran back to full compliance with its international commitments regarding its nuclear program.

Berlin, London and Paris called Iran on Thursday night “To end nuclear escalation” et “To urgently accept the agreement on the table now” since March, according to a joint statement. “We condemn” Tehran’s decision, the three countries say in a document released by the German Foreign Ministry. “This worsens the situation and complicates our efforts to fully recover.” the 2015 agreement.

“Provocations”

Washington has also expressed concern about the “Provocations” of Tehran, U.S. Foreign Minister Antony Blinken warning against “Aggravated nuclear crisis” and against a “Increased economic and political isolation of Iran”. Tehran said on Wednesday it had disconnected some cameras, without specifying their numbers, just before a vote in the IAEA Board of Governors of a resolution formally reminding Iran of its lack of co-operation.

At issue is the lack of answers “Technically credible” of Iran regarding traces of enriched uranium previously found at three sites that Tehran had not reported as hosting nuclear activities. Condemning this text presented by the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Germany, Iran deplored a move “Politics” et “Not constructive”.

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The adoption of this text “Will only weaken the cooperation process” with the IAEA, warned the Iranian Foreign Ministry. Diplomacy spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh defended “The peaceful nuclear program”, the “More transparent in the world”from his country.

In addition to deactivating the cameras, Iran has informed the IAEA of the installation of two new advanced centrifuge cascades at the Natanz site (in the center of the country), significantly enhancing its uranium enrichment capacity. The IAEA can continue inspections and has another 40 cameras on site, but Tehran’s move “Less transparency, more doubts”, Mr. Grossi explained. He called on Iran to resume dialogue once and for all “The fallen emotion”.

“We will not back down”

So far, Iran has been careful to avoid confrontation with the IAEA, but this time the ultra-conservative president, Ebrahim Raïssi, has shown his firmness. “We will not back down”, he said, according to the official IRNA news agency. If the blockage persists, “In three or four weeks,” The IAEA will no longer be able to provide the information needed to monitor Iran’s nuclear program, Grossi said.

According to him, this “Would deal a fatal blow” to the 2015 agreement, which provides for the curtailment of Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for easing international sanctions, which have been moribund since the 2018 withdrawal from the United States, which has reinstated punitive measures in Tehran. A year later, Iran began to reconsider its commitments, going through unprecedented milestones over the months, while denying that it wanted to acquire the atomic bomb.

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The World with AFP

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