July 7, 2022
Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), updates journalists about the current situation in Iran as he stands next to an example of a monitoring camera, at the agency's headquarters in Vienna, Austria on June 9, 2022. (JOE KLAMAR / AFP)

Iran Shuts Off Cameras

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IAEA no longer monitoring Iran nuclear activities

Rafael Mariano Grossi, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said Thursday, that Iran has switched off 27 surveillance cameras at its uranium enrichment plants across the country, dealing a blow to the international agency’s efforts to monitor Iran’s nuclear programme.

Grossi called the switch off a challenge and regretted the IAEA would no longer have a “continuity of knowledge” about Iran’s nuclear programs.

“This would be a fatal blow to negotiations over Iran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers,” Grossi said. “When we lose this, then it’s anybody’s guess,” he added.

He admitted though that 40 plus cameras are still operational but they could be switched off at any time. The Iranian authorities removed the cameras from its underground Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, as well as its facility in Isfahan.

The Iran nuclear deal signed between the Islamic republic the United States, the European Union, China, Russia and Japan aimed at halting Iran’s development of a nuclear device stalled when former US President Donald Trump unilaterally walked out of the agreement due to Israeli pressure.

The Biden administration has been stalled in talks since April with the Iranians who have allies in China and Russia. With sanctions on Russia over its military operations in Ukraine and the American antagonism against China over Taiwan there is a slim chance that negotiations will resume soon.

Experts say that Iran is now within the threshold of having enough uranium material for one nuclear bomb.

Source Reuters/AP/IRNA

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