Iran stops snapshot nuclear inspections

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Tue, 2021-02-23 06:32

DUBAI: An Iranian government newspaper warned on Tuesday that overly sweeping actions in nuclear feuds with the West could lead to the country’s isolation after Tehran ended swift inspections by United Nations inspectors.
Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Kazem Gharibabadi, said he ended the implementation of the so-called additional protocol at midnight (2030 GMT) on Monday. The agreement allowed the IAEA to carry out inspections at short notice.
The state-run Iran daily criticized extremist lawmakers who protested on Monday Tehran’s decision to allow “necessary” surveillance by UN inspectors for a period of up to three months, saying it violated a law passed by Parliament in an apparent effort to put pressure on the United States. States to lift sanctions.
The law demands an end to snap inspections by the UN nuclear watchdog from Tuesday if sanctions are not lifted.
“Those who say Iran must act quickly and hard on the nuclear deal should say what guarantee there is that Iran will not be left alone as it once was … and will it stop? other than helping to build consensus against Iran? ” Iran daily said.
To make way for diplomacy, UN watchdog IAEA on Sunday struck a deal with Iran to cushion the blow from Tehran’s reduced cooperation and refusal to allow inspections on short notice .
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday that Iran could enrich uranium up to 60% purity if the country needed it, while reiterating the denial of any Iranian intention to seek nuclear weapons.
Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with six powers, which it has violated since the US withdrawal in 2018, caps the fissile purity to which Tehran can refine uranium at 3.67%, well below the 20% achieved before the agreement and well below 90% is suitable for a nuclear weapon.
A spokesperson for the US State Department said Khamenei’s comments “sound like a threat,” but reiterated the United States’ willingness to engage in talks with Iran on return to nuclear deal from 2015.
Washington said last week it was ready to talk to Iran about the two countries returning to the deal abandoned by former U.S. President Donald Trump.
Tehran said last week it was considering a European Union proposal for an informal meeting between current members of the deal and the United States, but has yet to respond.
Iran, which has started to get 20% richer again in an apparent attempt to build up pressure on the United States, has disagreed with Washington on which side to take the first step to restart the agreement.
Iranian leaders insist Washington must first end its punitive campaign to restore the deal, while Washington says Tehran must return to full respect first.

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