Iran plans to scale back cooperation with IAEA in a week

Iran plans to scale back cooperation with IAEA in a week

Iran has told the U.N. nuclear watchdog it will dramatically scale back cooperation with it in a week, a report by the agency to its member states showed on Tuesday, ratcheting up protests against U.S. sanctions still choking its economy.

"Iran informed the IAEA on 15 February that the country will stop implementing voluntary transparency measures under the JCPOA as of 23 February, including the Additional Protocol," an International Atomic Energy Agency statement said.

The IAEA gave more details on what Iran had told it, however, in a report to its member states on Tuesday. It listed seven other "transparency measures" that Iran said it plans to stop implementing, some of them worded very similarly to section headings in the text of the deal, Reuters reported.

"Use of modern technologies and long term presence of IAEA" was one item, which is a close match for a section of the deal that increased the number of designated IAEA inspectors for Iran and required Tehran to allow the use of technologies like online measurement of uranium enrichment and electronic seals, which enable remote, real-time monitoring of activity by the agency.

"Transparency measures related to enrichment” was another, resembling a section of the deal that says Tehran will grant the agency "regular access, including daily access as requested by the IAEA, to relevant buildings at Natanz", Iran’s main uranium enrichment site.

"Given the serious impact of the above-mentioned measures being implemented", IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi reminded Iran of an offer to visit to “find a mutually agreeable solution for the agency to continue essential verification activities”, the report added, referring to a letter sent by Grossi to Tehran on Tuesday.

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