The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran have agreed that the IAEA may continue the inspections of Iranian nuclear installations, but less extensive than before. In this way, the IAEA inspectors will no longer have access to the footage of the surveillance cameras in those installations.
IAEA boss Rafael Grossi agreed to this in Tehran with a delegation from the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency. “We have come to a reasonable result,” said Grossi after returning to Vienna airport.
Grossi decided to travel to Iran for consultation after Tehran announced last week that nuclear inspections would be considerably curtailed after 23 February.
Todays agreements are initially valid for three months, said Grossi afterwards. “The agreement is useful to close the gap”, referring to the impasse around the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran, the US, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom and Germany, which also agreed that the IAEA will have unlimited access to the nuclear installations.
In 2018, then President Trump wiped the deal off the table and introduced new severe economic sanctions against Iran. Iran responded by increasing uranium enrichment and other nuclear activities that had initially been reduced.
Iran is demanding that the US abolish the sanctions imposed by Trump. Only then would the Iranian authorities wish to meet the requirements of the 2015 Atomic Agreement again. The government of US President Biden believes that Iran should stop enriching uranium before sanctions are lifted. Biden has announced that he is willing to rejoin the Iran deal under conditions.