UN nuclear agency, IAEA and Iran agree monitoring equipment

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The UN nuclear agency and Iran said on Sunday they had reached a deal that will allow inspectors, whose access Tehran has restricted since the start of the year, to service monitoring equipment of the agency.

“IAEA inspectors are authorized to maintain the identified equipment and replace their storage media which will be kept under the joint seal of the IAEA and AEOI (of Iran) in the Islamic Republic of Iran . The manner and time is agreed by both parties,” they said. said in a joint statement.

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, visited Iran on Saturday for talks, days after the IAEA criticized Tehran for its lack of cooperation.

He met on Sunday with the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Mohammad Eslami.

“Both parties have decided to maintain their mutual interactions and meetings at the relevant levels,” the statement said, adding that Grossi planned another visit to Tehran “in the near future.”

Grossi’s visit comes after talks between major world powers to salvage the Iran nuclear deal have stalled.

The 2015 deal promised sanctions relief from Tehran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.

But the landmark deal was torpedoed in 2018 by then-US President Donald Trump’s unilateral decision to withdraw Washington and impose a punitive sanctions regime.

Iran has since backed off on many of its commitments, but US President Joe Biden’s administration has advocated a return to diplomacy to salvage the deal.

A point of contention this year has been the limits Iran has placed on the IAEA’s ability to monitor various of its nuclear facilities.

Iran has refused to provide real-time footage from the cameras and other surveillance tools the UN agency has installed in those locations.

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