The agency will continue to monitor Iran’s nuclear activities after the initial three-month deal ends. The move comes as Tehran tries to gain influence in the Wayne talks.
Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency have agreed to extend the contract for surveillance cameras at Tehran’s nuclear facilities by a month.
The deal gives U.N. guards limited access to Iran’s nuclear power plants for surveillance after the initial three-month contract expires on Sunday.
“The verification and monitoring activities that we have agreed will continue for a month and will expire on June 24, 2021,” IAEA Director-General Rafael said at a press conference.
Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency, confirmed the deal.
What is the regulatory protocol?
The nondisclosure agreement with Iran, known as an additional protocol, allows the agency to collect and analyze images of a series of surveillance cameras installed at Iran’s nuclear facilities.
The cameras help UN agencies monitor Tehran’s plans to see if it complies with the 2015 nuclear deal.
In December, Iran’s parliament approved a bill that would suspend some UN oversight of nuclear facilities if European signatories did not provide sanctions relief.
This was followed in February by a three-month deal that restricted access to the EU. But Tehran has threatened to remove surveillance data if it agrees with the United States.
Grossi said Iran has agreed that the information collected so far will not be deleted by the IAEA.
What about the nuclear deal negotiations?
Western diplomats have previously warned that IAEA inspections are crucial to salvage the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Tehran is using the inspections as a negotiating chip in Wayne to negotiate a deal that includes restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.