Iran bans inspectors from accessing surveillance equipment at key nuclear site

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JERUSALEM, Israel – The United Nations nuclear watchdog said on Sunday that Iran was blocking inspectors from accessing important surveillance equipment at its Karaj nuclear site, in violation of a recent agreement it concluded with the agency.

“(IAEA) Director General (Rafael Grossi) points out that Iran’s decision not to allow the agency access to the TESA Karaj centrifuge component manufacturing workshop is contrary to the agreed terms of the joint statement released on September 12, “said the International Atomic Energy Agency. in a report.

The September 12 agreement aimed to resolve a major communication breakdown between the IAEA and the Islamic Republic. Since February, Iran has banned IAEA inspectors from accessing surveillance footage of its sensitive nuclear sites. The mid-September deal allowed inspectors to continue monitoring surveillance cameras, ahead of an important IAEA board meeting in which Western powers demanded that Tehran be censored for its failure. cooperation with international inspectors.

The IAEA statement said that from September 20 to 21, Iran allowed inspectors to access surveillance equipment “at all necessary locations” except the Karaj nuclear site.

“The director general reiterates that all agency activities mentioned in the joint statement for all identified agency equipment and Iranian facilities and locations are essential in order to maintain the continuity of knowledge,” the statement said. IAEA.

In June, Iran accused Israel of carrying out an attack in Karaj, where nuclear scientists are developing machines to enrich uranium. Tehran provided few details of the incident, but said the facility was damaged.

In April, a mysterious blackout hit the Iranian underground nuclear facility at Natanz and damaged some of its centrifuges. Last July, unexplained fires broke out in Natanz, which authorities later described as sabotage. Iran is rebuilding this nuclear facility deep in a nearby mountain.

Iran has also blamed Israel for the November murder of a scientist described as the mastermind that launched the country’s military nuclear program decades earlier.

Israel does not comment on reports of sabotage, but has repeatedly said it will use its military to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb. Iran denies developing a nuclear weapon.


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