Tehran 0
21 February 2021

Following a visit to Tehran by IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi ahead of an Iranian deadline for limiting agency access, the IAEA and Tehran agreed to “a temporary bilateral technical understanding, compatible with the [December 2020 Iranian “Strategic Action”] Law, whereby the IAEA will continue with its necessary verification and monitoring activities for up to three months”. The following day, Iran’s diplomatic spokesperson insisted that “no concessions were made to the U.S. during Mr Grossi’s visit, and all the agreements made are within the framework of the law”; parliament submitted a legal complaint to Iran’s judiciary calling the agreement “a clear violation of the law”. A U.S. diplomatic spokesperson subsequently hailed the IAEA’s “efforts to engage Iran on maintaining the necessary cooperation to verify Iran’s nuclear program”, while expressing concerns regarding Iran’s plan “to cease implementation of the Additional Protocol and other measures” as of 23 February.

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