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Iran denies IAEA access to site where cameras were damaged, after previously agreeing



The mullahs see Biden’s handlers’ weakness and are emboldened. They don’t see any need to make accommodations or concessions to anyone.

“Iran reneges on IAEA access to site where cameras were damaged,” by Yonah Jeremy Bob, Reuters, September 26, 2021:

Iran has reneged on allowing a recent deal with the International Atomic Energy Agency for access to its Karaj nuclear facility, the UN nuclear watchdog said on Sunday.

“The (IAEA) Director General (Rafael Grossi) stresses that Iran’s decision not to allow agency access to the TESA Karaj centrifuge component manufacturing workshop is contrary to the agreed terms of the joint statement issued on 12 September,” the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement.

“Iran from 20–22 September permitted IAEA inspectors to service identified agency monitoring and surveillance equipment and to replace storage media at all necessary locations in Iran with the exception of the centrifuge component manufacturing workshop at the TESA Karaj complex,” the IAEA statement said further.

In mid-September, IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi announced he had reached a deal with the new Iranian government, which was elected in mid-June, that could break the logjam which had led Tehran to block the agency’s inspections since May.

A major revelation that came out of the announcement of the deal was that various IAEA monitoring cameras had been destroyed, damaged or shut off.

However, Grossi said he had received guarantees from Iran that it would almost immediately grant access to fix and otherwise restore the cameras’ monitoring.

Based on this deal, there was a sudden wave of optimism in the West that the ayatollahs may have concluded that they had pushed their obstructionist posture and strategy of increased violations of the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal as far as they could go….