Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency reached an agreement on Sunday that will allow the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog group to provide maintenance on its surveillance cameras at Iranian nuclear sites.
why it matters: The last-minute agreement prevents another crisis on the road to reinstatement of the 2015 nuclear deal, as Iran was on the Nerdshala of being condemned for violating its agreement with the IAEA. new York Times.
big picture: Just last week, the IAEA said its efforts had been “seriously undermined” by the Iranian government’s refusal to allow access to its surveillance equipment, which tracks the progress of Iran’s nuclear program.
- Under the new agreement, Iran has allowed the IAEA to “serve the identified equipment and replace their storage media,” according to a joint press release.
- “We have agreed to replace the memory cards of the agency’s cameras,” Mohamed Eslami, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, told local media. Reuters informed of.
- The joint press release said the “way and time” of when the memory card will be replaced is still to be determined.
- IAEA Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi will meet Eslami at the upcoming general conference in Vienna later this month. al Jazeera.
- The joint press release said that Grossi will also travel to Iran soon.
- Enrique Mora, who has led the EU delegation to the Vienna nuclear talks, tweeted The deal was “a positive step towards ensuring the continuity of knowledge on Iran’s nuclear program. Gives room for diplomacy. I appreciate the efforts.”
state of play: The US pulled out of the Iran deal in 2018 during the Trump administration, and the Iranian government countered this by violating limits placed on its nuclear program.