Iran to Keep IAEA Cameras Off Until Nuclear Deal Revived

Iran’s Head of Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami said Monday that Tehran will keep the UN nuclear watchdog’s cameras turned off until the 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is restored.

Speaking in Tehran in an exhibition, Eslami accused the Western countries of reproachful Iran on the basis of stolen and alleged documents. “Iran is absolutely ready and agrees to the JCPOA to dispel doubts and build confidence and we are also willing to restrict our nuclear activities as part of trust building,” Eslami added.

But Eslami said that the other parties involved in the deal are not abiding by their commitments.

“We were even ready to allow the IAEA to set up cameras but if the accusations against Iran are to remain in place there would be no reason for Tehran to turn on the ultra-Safeguards Agreement cameras,” Eslami added.

On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron in a phone call with his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi expressed his disappointment at the lack of progress in the talks to revive the nuclear deal with Iran.

“But still there is room to revive the deal,” Macron added.

Negotiations between Iran and other signees of the JCPOA pact have been stalled since March, and both sides US and Iran have started accusing each other over an apparent failure in the talks.

The 2015 agreement was meant to impose a curb on Iran’s nuclear activities in return for lifting economic sanction, but the sudden withdrawal of former US President Donald Trump from the deal in 2018, prompt Iran to accelerate nuclear program.

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