Iran says it will not reinstall removed IAEA cameras until nuclear deal is revived

Iranian authorities said Monday that it will not reinstall the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) cameras withdrawn in June until the 2015 nuclear deal, damaged by the unilateral withdrawal of the United States in 2018, is reactivated.

“We will not activate the (withdrawn) security cameras until the other side returns to the nuclear deal,” the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Mohamed Eslami, has stressed, as reported by the Iranian Tasnim news agency.

He also stressed that “it is very important for the Iranian people and officials to turn to their historical memory.” “For 20 years, Western countries have accused Iran of trying to build an atomic bomb. They say it every day,” he stressed.

“If we analyze history, we will see that they have brought Iran on several occasions before the UN Security Council and have issued resolutions against us,” he has criticized, while adding that Tehran has participated in negotiations that resulted in the 2015 nuclear deal.

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In this regard, he has regretted that “Westerners are repeating the same accusations of the past” and has recalled that “Iran accepted restrictions to limit Ukrainian enrichment activities and reduce its capabilities and speed of movement (of centrifuges) to build confidence.”

“Westerners have not stuck to these restrictions,” he has pointed out, before stressing that the cameras were installed to “clarify the accusations” and that “if the accusations are going to continue to stand, there is no reason for the cameras to remain installed.”

“Iran has never kept its nuclear activities secret,” he said, before stressing that Tehran has maintained its cooperation with the IAEA. “All the structures of the Iranian atomic industry have been coordinated with the agency and have been under the supervision of the agency,” he has concluded.

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Talks for the return of the United States to the agreement and for Iran to return to the respect of its commitments were reactivated on November 29 in Vienna, including recent indirect contacts between Tehran and Washington in Qatar, although they ended without progress.

Iran has announced the withdrawal of its commitments on several of the deal’s points after the United States unilaterally pulled out of the pact in 2018, although Iranian officials have advocated that these steps can be reversed if the United States withdraws sanctions and returns to the agreement.

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