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Iran putting restrictions on monitoring nuclear facility, IAEA says

Director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi in Vienna, Austria on 7 June 2021 [Aşkın Kıyağan/Anadolu Agency]
Director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi in Vienna, Austria on 7 June 2021 [Aşkın Kıyağan/Anadolu Agency]

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Rafael Grossi has said that Iran is putting restrictions on the monitoring of its nuclear facility which was subject to attack in June this year, NBC News reported.

Grossi said that the monitoring of Iran's key nuclear facilities "is no longer inact." Earlier this year, after Iran stopped allowing IAEA inspectors to conduct snap inspections required under the 2015 deal, Grossi brokered an arrangement which would see IAEA cameras inside nuclear facilities running constantly.

In June this year, a facility in the Tehran suburbs that makes centrifuge parts came under attack, with Tehran pointing the finger at Israel.

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Grossi told NBC: "It hasn't paralyzed what we are doing there, but damage…has been done, with a potential of us not being able to reconstruct the picture, the jigsaw puzzle."

"If and when the [Iran nuclear deal] JCPOA will be restarted, I know that for the JCPOA partners to go back to an agreement, they will have to know where they are putting their feet."

Talks to restore the deal have been in the offing with Iran saying they are to start soon, however no date has been announced.

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