Iran says inspectors may not be able to obtain images of nuclear sites


Tehran, Iran (AP) —Iran’s Speaker of Parliament Sunday, Vienna’s diplomatic efforts to save international inspectors access to surveillance images of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear site and save atomic unity with Tehran’s world powers He said that tensions were rising.

A comment by Iran’s Speaker of Parliament Mohammad Berger Calibuff, aired on state television, further emphasized that the window for the United States and others to reach an agreement with Iran is narrowing. Islamic republics are already enriching and stockpiling uranium at levels well above those permitted by the 2015 nuclear agreement.

“In this regard, and based on the expiration of the three-month deadline, the International Atomic Energy Agency will undoubtedly not have the right to access the images from May 22nd,” Qalibaf said. May 22nd was Saturday.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said the director would briefly explain to reporters in Vienna late Sunday. UN agencies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Under the so-called “additional protocol” with Iran, the IAEA “collects and analyzes hundreds of thousands of images captured daily by sophisticated surveillance cameras,” he said in 2017. -Nuclear material and equipment proof seals. “

Iran’s hard-line parliament in December approves a bill to suspend some UN inspections of its nuclear facilities if European signatories do not provide relief from oil and bank sanctions by February did. IAEA signs a three-month agreement with Iran Tehran threatens to remove them later if no agreement is reached, causing them to retain surveillance images.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the February image was deleted. Prior to Calibuff’s remarks, Congressman Ali Reza Salimi urged a public session of Congress to ensure that Iran’s civilian nuclear weapons “erased” images. Iran’s JAEA did not immediately comment on the decision.

“We will order the head of the Atomic Energy Agency to avoid delays,” said Sarimi, a priest in Iran’s central city of Delijan. “The images recorded on the camera need to be deleted.”

It was also unclear what this meant for face-to-face inspections by the IAEA. Iran has 18 nuclear facilities and 9 other locations under the IAEA safeguards.

Mr. Calibuff said Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all issues of the nation, supported the decision.

In 2018, then President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from the nuclear deal. This is known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Since the withdrawal of Trump, a series of escalating incidents have threatened the wider Middle East.

More than a year ago, a US drone strike killed a top Iranian general, and Tehran later launched a ballistic missile in Iraq that injured dozens of US troops.

A mysterious explosion also struck Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility, which Iran described as a sabotage. In November, Iranian scientist Mosen Fakhlizade, who founded Iran’s military nuclear program about 20 years ago, said Tehran killed in an attack blaming Israel..

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Gambrel reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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