IAEA: Iran to Extend Nuclear Monitoring Agreement for 1 Month

Iran has agreed to extend its nuclear monitoring agreement reached in February with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), UN’s nuclear watchdog, by a month, providing a vital opportunity for negotiators in Vienna to keep the 2015 nuclear deal alive.

Rafael Grossi, the Director-General of the IAEA, announced in the Austrian capital on Monday that the three-month agreement agreed upon by both parties has been extended by another month under the same conditions.

“The equipment and the verification and monitoring activities that we agreed (on) will continue as they are now for one month, expiring then on June 24,” said Grossi in a news conference.

Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s ambassador to the IAEA, confirmed Grossi’s announcement on Twitter shortly after. 

“I recommend that they use this opportunity, which has been provided in good faith by Iran, and lift all the sanctions in a practical and verifiable manner,” said Gharibabadi on Monday.

The IAEA will be maintaining its monitoring equipment at Iranian nuclear sites according to the agreement but Iran will be keeping the tapes until the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers is restored and US sanctions are lifted.

Former US President Donald Trump has abandoned the nuclear accord three years ago and then reimposed harsh economic and trade sanctions on Iran.

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