Iran: temporary deal with IAEA is not an obligation

Tehran, Jun 26 (EFE).- Iran on Saturday said the temporary, bilateral deal struck to allow the United Nations’ nuclear agency to monitor its atomic activities “shouldn’t be considered as obligation.”

“Undoubtedly, any decision to be taken by Iran in this regard,  would only be based on its political considerations, and the Agency can not, and should not, consider it as a something it was entitled to,” Iran’s representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency Kazem Gharib Abadi wrote on Twitter.

Gharibabadi’s comments came after the IAEA’s director Rafael Grossi announced that the international body had not received a response from Iran on a potential extension of the deal which expired on 24 June.

Iran and the IAEA signed in late February a 90-day technical accord, which was extended in May for one month, to ensure atomic verification through surveillance cameras.

The footage would be handed over to the inspectors if Tehran and Washington agree to return to the 2015 nuclear deal. Otherwise, it will be eliminated.

The “continuation or discontinuation of recording has nothing to do with Iran’s safeguards obligations,” Gharib Abadi added.

Within the framework of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Iran signed a deal that obligates the Islamic Republic to keep the UN agency informed of its nuclear activities.

“Data recording was a political decision by Iran to facilitate, including, the political talks and to help its success and shouldn’t be considered as obligation in relation with the Agency,” said Gharib Abadi.

Washington has participated indirectly in talks to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal and revive the pact in Vienna with other signatories Russia, China, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, as well as Iran. EFE


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