Iran fails to fully honor nuclear monitoring agreement IAEA Says

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Iran has failed to fully honor the terms of a deal struck with the UN nuclear watchdog two weeks ago allowing inspectors to service monitoring equipment in the country, the watchdog said on Sunday.

Iran allowed International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors to replace memory cards in most of the equipment, as agreed on September 12, the IAEA said. But it did not allow that to happen at a workshop that makes centrifuge components at the TESA Karaj complex, the watchdog added.

“The (IAEA) Director General (Rafael Grossi) stresses that Iran’s decision not to allow Agency access to the TESA Karaj centrifuge component manufacturing workshop is contrary to the agreed terms of the Joint Statement issued on 12 September,” the IAEA said.

The UN watchdog criticized Iran earlier this month for having blocked proper monitoring at its nuclear facilities, putting Tehran at risk of being punished by its board of governors in a meeting in mid-September. Iran invited Grossi to visit and resolve the issue, but now IAEA says it has not fully honored the agreement.

Earlier this year, Iran put substantial limitation on IAEA’s monitoring activities, demanding the lifting of US sanctions.

Source » iranintl

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