The Washington Post

IAEA cameras to be off until deal’s restoratio­n

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Iran will keep the U.N. nuclear watchdog’s cameras turned off until a 2015 nuclear deal is restored, the head of the country’s Atomic Energy Organizati­on said Monday, state media reported.

Mohammad Eslami also said Iran would not address alleged unexplaine­d uranium traces as demanded by the Internatio­nal Atomic Energy Agency. In June, the IAEA Board of Governors passed a resolution criticizin­g Iran for failing to explain uranium traces found at three undeclared sites.

Iran told the IAEA that it had removed the agency’s equipment, including 27 cameras installed under the 2015 pact with world powers.

“We will not turn on the IAEA cameras until the other side returns to the nuclear deal,” Eslami said.

The pact imposed curbs on Iran’s nuclear activities in return for the easing of sanctions. President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the deal in 2018, reimposing sanctions.

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