Iran Agrees to Allow UN Nuclear Watchdog to Service Monitoring Cameras at Nuclear Sites

Iran has agreed to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the nuclear watchdog of the United Nations, to service cameras used to monitor Iranian nuclear facilities.

According to a joint statement, Iran and the IAEA reached an agreement to allow IAEA inspectors to service the identified monitoring equipment after a meeting with Mohammad Eslami, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, in Tehran on Sept. 12.

Iran and IAEA also agreed to allow the inspectors to replace the cameras’ memory cards and to keep the existing cards under what they described as joint seals in Iran.

“This has always been seen, for me at least, as a stopgap, as a measure to allow time for diplomacy,” IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said at a press conference in Vienna after returning from Iran.

“We will be able to keep the information needed to maintain continuity of knowledge,” Grossi also said.

Both sides did not provide further details on the agreement.

Grossi will visit Tehran “in the near future” to hold high-level talks with the Iranian government, the joint statement said.

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