Iran to allow new UN cameras at nuclear site

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran will allow the United Nations nuclear watchdog to relocate damaged cameras to a site where it has centrifuge parts and manufacturing equipment, semi-public news agencies reported on Wednesday. Iranian officials.

The decision will see the cameras turned over to Karaj, who was the subject of what Iran describes as a sabotage attack in June. Iran had since denied the International Atomic Energy Agency access to replace cameras damaged in the incident.

The Vienna-based IAEA did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press regarding reports from semi-official ISNA and Tasnim news agencies. Reports said Iran would keep all camera recordings, however, amid another ongoing dispute between the agency and Tehran.

The reports came after Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian reportedly said earlier Wednesday that Iran had “come to a good deal” with the IAEA.

Tehran has blamed Karaj’s assault on Israel amid a regional phantom war that has spread since former President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Iran’s historic nuclear deal with world powers .

In an interview with AP on Tuesday, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi warned that limited access to Karaj was hampering international efforts to monitor the Iranian program.

“If the international community through us, through the IAEA, can’t see clearly how many centrifuges or what capacity they can have… what you have is a very blurry picture,” Grossi said. “It will give you the illusion of the real image. But not the real picture. This is why it is so important. “

Grossi also called “just absurd” an Iranian claim that saboteurs used IAEA cameras in the attack on the Karaj centrifuge site. Tehran has provided no evidence to support this claim, although it is another sign of friction between inspectors and Iran.

Negotiations are continuing in Vienna to try to restore the nuclear deal. However, Iran led by hard-core President Ebrahim Raisi has taken a maximalist stance in the negotiations.

Anxiety is growing among European nations at the negotiating table.

“Without rapid progress, in light of Iran’s rapid advance in its nuclear program, the (deal) will become an empty shell very soon,” they warned recently.

The United States has remained out of direct talks since the deal was abandoned.


Gambrell reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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