Iran’s acting ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said the agency will not have access to data recorded by its surveillance cameras installed at Iranian nuclear facilities until that the 2015 agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is fully restored.

Mohammad Reza Ghaebi made the remarks as he spoke to reporters on Thursday, reacting to the IAEA’s latest report on verifying the implementation of the 2015 agreement.

Ghaebi said the IAEA report was only a technical update presented by the agency’s director general on monitoring the implementation of the JCPOA, in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2231. United Nations, which provides Agency members with the latest information on Iran’s nuclear activities.

Citing a “confidential report” published by the IAEA, Reuters said on Thursday that the report indicated that Iran was beginning to operate a new workshop at its nuclear facility in the central city of Natanz, which will manufacture parts for centrifuges. uranium enrichment with displaced machines. since his installation of Karaj.

Ghaebi said the report confirms that Iran informed the IAEA on April 4 that all centrifuge production machines had been transferred from Karaj to Natanz, leaving inspectors to check, the same day, that the machines were not working. .

“On April 12, the IAEA completed the installation of all of its cameras at the Natanz facility and subsequently removed the seals from the machines. Additionally, on April 13, Iran informed the Agency that the machines started operating in the new workshop on the same day,” Iran’s acting ambassador said.

“The Agency will not have access to information recorded on its camera memory and until Iran returns to full compliance with the JCPOA, this information will not be made available to the Agency and will be stored in Iran,” Ghaebi pointed out.

In a Jan. 31 statement, the IAEA said Iran had informed the agency that it would move production of centrifuge tubes and rotor bellows from the TESA Karaj complex to the central city of Isfahan.

The IAEA has confirmed that Iran has informed the agency that it may adjust its monitoring and control measures accordingly, noting that production of centrifuge tubes and rotor bellows at the TESA complex in Karaj has been halted. .

IAEA inspectors had installed surveillance cameras in a new workshop in Isfahan on January 24 to ensure that machines for the production of tubes and centrifuge rotor bellows were under surveillance but the production of parts n hadn’t started then.

Under a law passed by Iran’s parliament in December 2020, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has been tasked with restricting IAEA inspections and accelerating the development of the country’s nuclear program in Iran. beyond the limits set by the 2015 Iran agreement.

The law, dubbed the Strategic Action Plan to Counter Sanctions, halted all inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities beyond the safeguards agreement, in a bid – as the name suggests – to push the US United to lift their sanctions.

While respecting the law, the AEOI continued its constructive cooperation with the IAEA throughout 2021, under the administrations of Hassan Rohani and Ebrahim Raeisi.


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