TEHRAN — The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will never have access to data recorded by surveillance cameras installed at Iranian nuclear facilities until the 2015 agreement, known as the Plan Joint Global Action Plan (JCPOA), be fully revived, said Iran’s acting ambassador. at the IAEA said.
Mohammad Reza Ghaebi made the statements as he spoke to reporters on Thursday in response to the IAEA’s latest report on verifying the implementation of the 2015 agreement.
According to Ghaebi, the IAEA report was only a technical update presented by the Director General of the Agency on monitoring the implementation of the JCPOA in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231. , which provides Agency members with the latest information on Iran. nuclear activities.
Citing a “confidential report” by the IAEA, Reuters reported on Thursday that Iran was beginning to operate a new workshop at its nuclear power plant in the central city of Natanz, which would create parts for uranium enrichment centrifuges at using machinery moved from its Karaj facility.
Ghaebi went on to say that the report showed that Iran informed the IAEA on April 4 that all centrifuge manufacturing machinery had been transported from Karaj to Natanz, allowing inspectors to establish the same day that the equipment was not operational.
“On April 12, the Agency completed the installation of all its cameras at the Natanz site and then removed the seals from the machines. Moreover, on April 13, Iran informed the Agency that the machines had started operating in the new workshop on the same day,” the envoy explained.
“The Agency will not have access to information stored on its camera memory and until the United States returns to full compliance with the JCPOA, this information will not be made available to the Agency. and will be stored in Iran,” Ghaebi pointed out.
In a statement issued on January 31, the IAEA said Iran had notified the UN body that production of centrifuge tubes and rotor bellows would be relocated from the TESA Karaj complex to the central city of Iran. ‘Isfahan.
The IAEA has acknowledged that Iran told the agency it would change its monitoring and control procedures accordingly, saying the manufacture of centrifuge tubes and rotor bellows at the TESA facility in Karaj has been completed.
On January 24, IAEA inspectors placed surveillance cameras in a new workshop in Isfahan to ensure that equipment for the manufacture of centrifuge rotor tubes and bellows was monitored, although production of parts was not hasn’t started yet.
The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) was tasked by a bill passed by Iran’s parliament in December 2020 with blocking IAEA inspections and pushing the country’s nuclear program beyond imposed constraints. by the 2015 nuclear deal.
The bill, known as the Strategic Action Plan to Counter Sanctions, prohibits any inspection of Iranian nuclear facilities outside of the safeguards agreement, in a bid to persuade the United States to lift sanctions.
Under the administrations of Hassan Rouhani and Ebrahim Raisi, the AEOI continued its constructive engagement with the IAEA while respecting the law.