Iran could soon begin restricting the access of UN inspectors to its nuclear sites.
According to government spokesperson, Ali Rabiei, on Tuesday, Iran will block short-notice inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency beginning next month, if new U.S. President Joe Biden doesn’t lift crippling sanctions imposed on Tehran.
A landmark 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, lifted sanctions on Iran in return for curbs to its nuclear program.
But when Trump pulled out of the deal in 2018, Iran violated its conditions in response.
Under the accord, the nuclear watchdog agency is allowed wide-ranging access to gather information on Iran’s nuclear activities and can demand short-notice inspections of any site it deems necessary.
Though Rabiei explained that inspections will not be completely halted, he emphasized that a recent ruling on the issue is very clear.
In December, Iran’s parliament approved a law which allows the government to harden its nuclear stance if U.S. sanctions are not lifted by February.
Meanwhile, Russia is also backing Iran, urging the U.S. to return to full compliance with the security accord.
Russian and Iranian foreign ministers met on Tuesday and agreed that one of the most pressing topics is the task of rescuing the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan.
This was the first meeting of ministers from both nations since the shift of power in the U.S.
Choi Jeong-yoon, Arirang News.