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US News IAEA and Iran settle last-minute dispute over nuclear controls at

17:11  22 february  2021
17:11  22 february  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

The IAEA found traces of uranium at two sites in Iran, according to sources

 The IAEA found traces of uranium at two sites in Iran, according to sources IRAN-NUCLEAR-IAEA: The IAEA found traces of uranium at two sites in Iran, according to sources by Francois Murphy and John Irish VIENNE / PARIS (Reuters) - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) last year discovered uranium particles at two sites in Iran to which it was unable to access for several months and she is preparing to denounce Tehran's lack of explanation, we learned from diplomats.

At the last minute, Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) found an interim solution for rescuing the nuclear agreement. Shortly before the end of a deadline set by Iran, IAEA chief Rafael Grossi announced that his organization could continue its controls for the time being, albeit in a restricted form. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) said on Monday that, as a signatory to the 2015 nuclear agreement, the German government expects Tehran "nothing less than full compliance with the agreement".

Im Streit um das iranische Atomprogramm haben die Internationale Atomenergiebehörde (IAEA) und die Führung in Teheran in quasi letzter Minute eine Übergangslösung für drei Monate vereinbart. © ALEX HALADA In the dispute over the Iranian nuclear program, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the leadership in Tehran agreed at the last minute on an interim solution for three months.

Iran recently threatened to restrict IAEA inspectors' access to some of its nuclear facilities from Tuesday if the US did not relax its sanctions against Tehran. Grossi said after his return from Tehran on Sunday evening in Vienna that a "temporary technical agreement" had been reached during his talks. The IAEA will have "less access" to the nuclear facilities in the future. The agreement allows her to "maintain the necessary level of controls and verification work".

Agreement between the IAEA and Iran to compensate for the end of unannounced inspections

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In order to achieve a "stable situation", "political negotiations" are required, Grossi continued. "That is not my responsibility." For his part, Maas said that US President Joe Biden and his Foreign Minister Antony Blinken had declared their willingness to revert to the 2015 nuclear deal if Iran complied with it in full. It is in "Iran's own best interest to give in now, before the agreement is irreparably damaged".

After Grossi's stay in Tehran, Iran spoke of a "diplomatically and technically very important result". Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif told the state broadcaster Press TV that the agreement would allow the IAEA to continue to verify "that the Iranian nuclear program remains peaceful".

The background to the current dispute was a law passed by the Iranian parliament in December, according to which the IAEA inspections must be restricted from Tuesday if there is no easing of the US sanctions by then. This law continues to apply, stressed a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry in Tehran on Monday. The "technical agreement" reached "is within the framework of the legally binding law passed by parliament".

Iranian nuclear: Tehran is studying a proposal for a meeting with the Americans

 Iranian nuclear: Tehran is studying a proposal for a meeting with the Americans © AFP - - Satellite image of the Iranian site of Fordow where the country enriches uranium. Arrived this Saturday evening February 20 in the Iranian capital, the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, must meet the Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi two days before the implementation of the Parliament's decision Iranian government to limit Tehran's cooperation with the international agency.


Video: Atomic Energy Agency IAEA continues controls in Iran with restrictions for the time being (Reuters)

According to the agreement that has now been reached, Tehran wants to continue allowing international inspections of its nuclear facilities, but prohibit visits to other - non-nuclear - facilities for three months . These include, for example, military facilities that are suspected of being connected to nuclear activity. With them, Tehran does not want to pass on live recordings "of the activities and equipment" to the IAEA for three months. But these should be saved.

If the sanctions against Iran were lifted within three months, Iran would return these records to the IAEA, said the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency. If the sanctions persist, the recordings would be deleted.

The 2015 nuclear deal is supposed to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons. However, the former US President Donald Trump rejected the agreement negotiated under his predecessor Barack Obama and terminated it in 2018. After that, Trump imposed a series of sanctions against Iran, from which the country's economy suffers massively. Since then, Tehran has gradually withdrawn from its obligations under the agreement.

Iran makes the lifting of US sanctions a prerequisite for the country to fully comply with the agreement again. For its part, the new US administration is demanding that Tehran resume compliance with the deal before punitive measures are lifted.

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