The Iranian regime withdrew two International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) surveillance cameras from one of its nuclear facilities on Wednesday.as reported by state television, a move that is likely to will increase tensions with the UN nuclear watchdog.
“Until now, the IAEA has not only been ungrateful to Iran‘s extensive cooperation, but has considered it a duty. From today, the competent authorities have ordered that the surveillance cameras of the Online Enrichment Meter (OLEM) be turned off”, said state television.
“Iran cannot cooperate as long as the IAEA shows unreasonable behavior. We hope the agency will come to its senses and respond with cooperation with Iran,” Atomic Energy Organization of Iran spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi told state television.
The United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and France “angered” Iran by presenting a draft resolution to the IAEA governing board in which regime criticized for not fully responding to watchdog questions about uranium tailings at undeclared sites.
The text of the resolution, to which the news agency had access Reuters and which is little changed from a draft circulated last week, will be debated and voted on at this week’s quarterly meeting of the IAEA Board of Governorsmade up of 35 countries.
Several diplomats said that the resolution was likely to pass easily despite Iranian warnings of retaliation and consequences that could further undermine already stalled talks to salvage Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Russia, which is one of these powers and is also an ally of Iran, opposes this resolution..
The Vienna-based IAEA declined to comment.
Since the US exit from the nuclear deal in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump and the reimposition of US sanctions against Iran, Tehran has stepped up uranium enrichment, a process that could produce fuel for atomic bombs. Iran says its nuclear designs are entirely peaceful.
The goal of the troubled talks is to return Iran to full compliance with the agreement.
(With information from Reuters)
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