Iran urges IAEA to drop issue of three undeclared nuclear sites

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Tehran: Iran on Thursday urged the United Nations nuclear watchdog, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), to drop the issue of three undeclared sites, reported AFP. The development came at a time when momentum has been building to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.

In June this year, the IAEA governors adopted a resolution criticising Iran for not disclosing the previous discovery of traces of enriched uranium at three sites. Notably, Tehran did not declare these sites as having hosted nuclear activities. The resolution was passed on June 8. It was approved by 30 countries out of 35.

“We are very serious about safeguard issues, and do not want to allow some of the IAEA’s baseless accusations to remain,” Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said as quoted by state news agency IRNA.

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After the resolution criticising Iran was adopted in June, Iran disconnected some cameras that were installed to monitor its nuclear activities by international inspectors. Tehran reportedly removed 27 surveillance cameras at its nuclear facilities. The move was condemned by IAEA.

Notably, on August 24, the United States responded to suggestions by Iran on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal. The European Union put forward a final text to restore the deal on August 8 this year. On Tuesday, the US said that Iran dropped some of its demands that were stalling the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal. Negotiations to revive the deal began in April 2021. however, the talks were stalled in March this year.

The deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was signed between Iran and six world powers — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States in Vienna in July 2015. However, in 2018, the US pulled out of the deal as then-President Donald Trump promised a better negotiation.