The Nuclear Watchdog says Iran will offer its inspectors “less access” but will still allow the agency to oversee the nuclear program for up to three months

The chief of the United Nations nuclear watchdog said the agency had reached an agreement with Iran to continue the “necessary” screening and surveillance activities for up to three months From Tuesday, however, there will be less access and no more quick inspections

In an interview with reporters in Vienna on the Sunday after his return from Tehran, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, said his talks with Iranian officials had led to a “good, sensible result” that “saves the situation for the time being”

“We have a temporary bilateral technical agreement that the agency will continue its necessary review and monitoring activities for a period of up to three months,” said Grossi

“We agreed that we will continually review this understanding that we have achieved So if we want to suspend or expand it, that can be done, “he added

“The IAEA’s hope was to stabilize a very unstable situation, and I think this technical understanding does it so that other policy consultations can take place at different levels”

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Grossi’s visit took place before the 23 September, which the Iranian parliament had set for the new US President Joe Biden to lift the crippling sanctions imposed by his predecessor Donald Trump or Tehran

The IAEA chief carefully said that there would still be the same number of inspectors, but there would be “things we are losing”

He didn’t offer many details, but Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif previously said that the IAEA would be prevented from accessing footage from their cameras at nuclear sites

Grossi told reporters that the law passed by the Iranian parliament would be applied, which means that the additional protocol that allowed the IAEA to conduct rapid inspections would be suspended

“Even so, we decided to go there and agree on a specific bilateral agreement that will allow us to bridge this period in the best possible way without losing the necessary monitoring and verification capacities,” he said

Mike Hanna of Al Jazeera, who reports from Washington, DC, said the announcement would “potentially give more time to begin a diplomatic process between the US and Iran”

For weeks the two countries have been at an impasse in their efforts to revert to the 2015 nuclear deal, in which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions

Tehran has gradually scaled back its obligations under the agreement after Trump’s unilateral withdrawal in 2018

Biden has said he wants to rejoin the deal, but his administration has insisted that Iran return to full compliance first. Iranian officials have urged the US to take the first step to re-join the deal and to lift its sanctions

Earlier on Sunday, Foreign Minister Zarif said Germany, France and the UK – the European signatories to the agreement officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA – should convince the US to revert to the agreement

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan also said Sunday that Biden was “ready to come to the table to speak to the Iranians about how we can get back strict restrictions on their nuclear program,” but the ball is in the Iranian court

“It is Iran that is now diplomatically isolated, not the United States, and the ball is in their court,” Sullivan said in an interview with CBS’s Face the Nation program

Meanwhile, Ali Vaez, Iran Project Leader at the International Crisis Group, hailed the IAEA’s announcement on Sunday, saying the agency had turned out to be “the only adult in the room”

“We hope Iran & learns the US to be flexible and creative enough to achieve their common goal of reviving the JCPOA,” he tweeted

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Trita Parsi, executive vice president of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, a think tank in Washington, DC, said on Twitter that the IAEA agreement “enables a crisis to be circumvented” because Iranian law can go into effect without diplomatic efforts to kill

Parsi urged Iranian and US officials to “only make constructive public statements that emphasize the desire and need for a swift and fair diplomatic solution”

Iran informed the IAEA that it would stop implementing “voluntary transparency measures” under the 2015 nuclear deal

High-ranking European and US officials urge Iran to continue allowing UN nuclear inspections to save the 2015 deal with world powers

Iran has stated that the US must end the “economic terrorism” of Trump-era sanctions before returning to compliance

After the US lifts sanctions and rejoins the JCPOA, Iran will expect compensation, says FM Zarif

The International

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