March 4, 2021

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Iran Stops Implementation of Protocol Allowing IAEA Snap Inspections, in Line With Last Year’s Law

On Monday at 20:30 GMT, Iran’s restrictions on IAEA snap inspections at nuclear facilities came into force, in line with the law passed by the country’s parliament in late 2020.

Earlier during the weekend, IAEA head Rafael Grossi visited Tehran to agree on site inspections, with the meeting’s results praised as a “significant achievement”. The UN nuclear watchdog and Iran settled on a temporary technical deal for up to three months, with the Islamic republic ending the implementation of the Additional Protocol that allowed snap inspections at nuclear sites. 

The move, however, does not restrict the UN inspectors from access to the country’s declared nuclear sites.

The intention to end the Additional Protocol implementation was earlier announced by Iranian Permanent Representative to international organizations in Vienna Kazem Gharib Abadi

“Starting from midnight there will be no obligations beyond the scope of the comprehensive Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA. The necessary instructions have been received by [nuclear] facilities,” the diplomat said.

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Original News : https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/202102221082155162-iran-stops-implementation-of-protocol-allowing-iaea-snap-inspections-in-line-with-last-years-law/

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