Tehran: The Iranian nuclear chief said his country will not turn on the surveillance cameras of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) installed within the framework of a 2015 nuclear deal until parties resume honouring their commitments under the deal.
Mohammad Eslami, President of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI), made the remarks in an address to reporters on the sidelines of an exhibition in Tehran on Monday, the official news agency IRNA reported.
He added that the Islamic Republic sees no reason for the presence of these cameras at its nuclear sites as they had been recording data supposed to exonerate Tehran from certain accusations, which are still in place.
Eslami said that although in 2015, lengthy negotiations between Iran and the world powers resulted in the signing of a nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the West is still levelling accusations at Iran based on stolen documents and “baseless claims”.
“Iran accepted to put curbs on its (nuclear) capacities to build trust, but despite all these, they did not remain committed to their obligations,” he added.
Eslami said the agency itself has removed the cameras and sealed them, adding they will be kept in Iran’s nuclear facilities until the other sides return to the JCPOA, Xinhua news agency reported.
Eslami emphasised that the IAEA is currently monitoring Iran’s nuclear activities according to the safeguards agreements.
In June, the IAEA’s Board of Governors passed an anti-Iran resolution proposed by the US, Britain, France and Germany following the agency’s reports that Tehran had not provided “technically credible explanations” for uranium particles at three undeclared sites.
In the wake of the adoption of the IAEA resolution, Iran announced its decision to take a number of measures, including turning off the IAEA’s surveillance cameras at its sites.
Iran signed the nuclear deal with world powers in July 2015, agreeing to curb its nuclear programme in return for the removal of sanctions on the country.
However, former US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement in May 2018 and reimposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran, prompting the latter to drop some of its commitments under the pact.