Iran’s nuclear program: IAEA and Tehran agree to resume monitoring operations

September 12, 2021 by archyde

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The Arak nuclear reactor is one of Iran’s most important nuclear facilities

The International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran have reached an agreement regarding monitoring operations over Tehran’s nuclear program.

The agreement, reached in Tehran, aims to calm the crisis over monitoring of Iranian nuclear sites.

Under the agreement, Tehran will allow the IAEA to access surveillance camera records placed at a number of nuclear sites.

The Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, was leading the negotiating delegation in Iran with Mohammad Eslami, the Iranian vice president, and the director of the Iranian nuclear establishment.

And IAEA monitors will have access to the surveillance cameras that were set up by agreement between the two sides, to track uranium enrichment processes, in a number of Iranian nuclear facilities.

Iran has been refusing to allow this for several months, and the IAEA said it “significantly impedes its work”.

The Iranians were responding with these measures to the economic sanctions imposed by the previous US administration, after Trump withdrew from the nuclear agreement that Iran signed with the major Western powers in 2015.

A statement by the IAEA on its website said that the two sides agreed to continue their cooperation at the same previous level.

For his part, Eslami said during a press conference with Grossi, “We have agreed to allow the technical team of the International Atomic Energy Agency to replace the memory chips for surveillance cameras, and to take the necessary measures to maintain them.”

“The continuation of the Agency’s operations, and its equipment here in Iran, is indispensable for us to be able to provide the Agency, and the international community, with the necessary information, that everything is done as it should, and that we are ready to support Iran in the upcoming negotiations according to the agreed program of work,” Grossi said. on him”.

The agency had warned in a strongly worded report, last week, that monitoring functions in Iran were “seriously undermined” after Tehran suspended some of the agency’s inspections of its nuclear activities.

The report said the agency’s confidence in its ability to maintain continuity of knowledge “has been declining over time and has now deteriorated significantly” and the situation should be “immediately corrected by Iran.”

He added that Iran had increased its stockpile of enriched uranium, exceeding the amount allowed in the 2015 agreement.

Under the deal, Iran cannot enrich uranium to more than 3.67 percent, well below the 90 percent threshold needed to begin building a nuclear weapon.

Additionally, it was only supposed to have a total stockpile of 202.8 kilograms.

However, the report estimated that Iran now has 2441.3 kilograms of enriched uranium.

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