The AEOI will no longer cooperate with the UN International Atomic Energy Agency under the IAEA Additional Protocol, but only on the basis of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Consequently, there will be restrictions on inspections of nuclear facilities.
On Sunday evening, Iran and the Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, reached an agreement on nuclear inspections. It was decided that the United Nations could continue with the controls, but it would be limited for a period of three months. During that period, the agency’s surveillance cameras will be confiscated. Grossi hopes that a broader agreement will be reached by then.
Tehran had announced earlier that IAEA inspectors would no longer be allowed unrestricted access to Iran’s nuclear facilities on Tuesday. The hard-won nuclear deal Iran struck in 2015 with the United States, China, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Russia, threatens to become an empty box. The agreements were then reached to ensure that the country could not produce nuclear weapons. In exchange for Iranian pledges, economic sanctions will be lifted.
Iran stopped complying with the nuclear deal after former US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew his country from the agreement. Trump also imposed new sanctions.