Iran limits nuclear checks but says IAEA cooperation will continue

Tehran, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Iran has limited international monitoring of its nuclear program but will continue to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the foreign minister said Tuesday.

“Obliged by law, we halted voluntary implementation of Additional Protocol,” Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter, referring to regulation passed by Iran’s parliament to stop voluntary measures set out in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) as of Tuesday.

Tehran has scaled back its commitment to the deal since the United States pulled out of the framework in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions on Iran.

The arrival of Joe Biden, vice-president at the time the deal was struck, gave fresh hope that the US would re-address its diplomatic digressions with Iran.

There continues to be a stand-off, however, as Biden has so far hinged the US’ return to the deal on Iran fully committing to the deal. Iran believes Washington needs to make the first move.

Tehran’s continued cooperation with the IAEA came after last-minute talks to secure a three-month, limited extension to the agreement. EFE-EPA


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