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The Iranian leadership had made it clear before Grossi’s arrival that the restrictions on IAEA inspections could not be lifted entirely. “This is a parliamentary decision that we must implement,” said Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to the news channel Press TV on Sunday.
According to this, the IAEA should no longer have access to the video material from the surveillance cameras in the nuclear facilities. “We will only give access to the videos again when the US has fulfilled its obligations in the nuclear agreement and lifted the sanctions,” said Sarif. The IAEA has video cameras in almost all systems to follow the activities live. It was initially unclear whether the video surveillance would continue with the new temporary arrangement.
Economic crisis could have domestic political consequences
Trump’s sanctions plunged the oil-rich country into the worst economic crisis in its history. This could also have domestic political consequences in the Iranian election year. Therefore, Iran insists that the only end to nuclear violations is if the US returns to the agreement and immediately lifts the sanctions.
The US government saw the leadership in Tehran on the train, as did the National Security Advisor in the White House, Jake Sullivan, on Sunday the broadcaster CBS News said. President Joe Biden is ready to return to the negotiating table to talk to the Iranians about “how we can get back strict restrictions on their nuclear program.” The State Department in Washington offered talks with Iran on Thursday. Iran has not yet responded to the offer to talk.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Sarif on Sunday again rejected a nuclear meeting planned by the EU with the US without the lifting of US sanctions. “The US cannot easily return to the nuclear deal,” Sarif told Press TV news channel. Before such a meeting, the agreement would have to be implemented in accordance with the treaty and, in particular, the US sanctions would have to be lifted, said the Foreign Minister.
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