Iran to limit access of IAEA inspectors to nuclear sites from February

Nuclear Program Materials 27 January 2021 09:21 (UTC +04:00)

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan.27


Iran is to take the first steps to reduce the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors access to its nuclear facilities from February 19, said the Iranian Government Spokesman.

"The first steps to limit the IAEA inspectors in regards to the Additional Protocol would be taken according to the Iranian parliament law. Although it should be noted that the inspections based on NPT would remain the same and major inspections and cameras will continue as usual," said Ali Rabiei, Trend reports citing IRNA.

The Iranian parliament’s law aims to force the West to return to full compliance under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by a slew of measures, including limiting inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), increasing Iran’s enrichment of uranium, and revitalizing the Fordow plant among others.

The Iranian official has indicated the country currently has no plan for negotiation with the Biden administration and the US return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)commitment would affect the situation.

"At the moment we had no contact with the new US government and still waiting to see the official position of the US administration in regard to returning to JCPOA commitment and lifting illegal sanctions which is an inseparable part of these commitments," he noted.

"There are currently no plans for negotiations with the US, any progress in this regard depends on the US's next steps toward its commitment to 2231 resolution, however, the window of opportunity would not be open forever. It is hoped that the US government would follow practical decisions and actions to prove its goodwill and create trust before issues get more complicated," he added.