TEHERAN – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it had reached a temporary bilateral agreement with Iran on verification of nuclear facilities. This step is an attempt to save the nuclear deal.
IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said Iran would stop implementing voluntary measures such as those described in the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or nuclear deal, on February 23, to comply with laws passed by its parliament.
Iran’s parliament in December 2020 approved a Strategic Action Plan to Counter Sanctions in response to the Donald Trump administration’s maximum pressure policies. Also read: Also read: Iran rejects IAEA’s suggestion for a new proposal for a nuclear deal
This is a law mandating the Iranian government to relaunch 20 percent enrichment of uranium, then stop implementing additional IAEA protocols if sanctions against Iran are not lifted.
However, he explained, according to the temporary bilateral technical understanding reached between the two parties, the IAEA will continue to carry out the necessary verification and monitoring activities for up to three months.
“There is little access, let’s face it. But we can still maintain the level of monitoring and verification work that is required,” said Grossi, as reported by Xinhua on Monday (22/2/2021).
He said the interim agreement allows political discussion at another level to take place and helps avoid a situation in which the international world is “blind” to Iran’s nuclear developments. Also read: IAEA Finds Traces of Uranium on Two Iranian Nuclear Sites